Natural Sciences

Terms of reference

Strategic Responsibilities

  • To provide a forum for deliberation on matters of academic policy and the development of taught education* across the Faculty to enable the achievement of the College Strategy.
  • To consider and advise on developments in the educational portfolio of the Faculty.
  • To assess the implications of proposed new policies and procedures (both internal and external) and contribute to QAEC discussion or directly to external bodies.
  • To advise, implement and monitor new policies and procedures (both internal and external) which affect the activities and/or administration of teaching.

* Includes undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes of study and short course provision. The Committee may consider items related to postgraduate research provision, for example the results of the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, if there are not other groups or committees in place to do that within the Faculty/Centre.

 Quality and Standards Responsibilities

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of student issues and to monitor the student experience, for example through consideration of the outcomes of student survey results and staff‐student committees, at all points of delivery.
  • To ensure the effective implementation of the College’s Annual Monitoring process by (i) the receipt and consideration of Department’s Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs) (ii) the preparation of an annual summary report on issues and emerging themes arising from the Committee’s consideration of the AMRs, for submission to the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee (QAEC) including for any collaborative programmes (iii) the development and ongoing oversight of an action plan to address issues arising through the annual monitoring process.
  • To identify through the annual monitoring, periodic review and other quality assurance mechanisms, good practice and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment and promote its dissemination across the Faculty and elsewhere in the College.
  • To consider on an annual basis College summaries of external examiner reports and identify and monitor actions arising from the reports at Faculty and College level.
  • To consider reports of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) on undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision and make recommendations for action as appropriate.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee proposals for and changes to short course provision in accordance with the schedule of delegation.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee major modifications for existing programmes of study.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee for approval changes to the threshold and additional entry requirements for existing programmes of study.
  • To have oversight of programme specifications for taught degree programmes and course specifications for short course provision.
  • To have oversight of marking schemes and schemes for award of honours.
  • To oversee departmental arrangements for the consideration of special cases for admission and to have oversight of all special case decisions.
  • To oversee the professional skills development programme for Master’s level students.
  • To approve new student exchange partnerships and the renewal of existing student exchange partnerships and report these to QAEC.
  • Where applicable, receive minutes from the joint management boards for the Faculty’s collaborative programme.
  • To report regularly through summary reports to QAEC.
  • Where appropriate to appoint sub‐committees to carry out the above responsibilities.

 To be quorate a minimum of one third of members need to be present.

Constitution and membership

  • A senior representative for educational leadership for the Faculty as Chair;
  • A College Consul;
  • At least two student representatives;
  • Additional members to be determined by each Faculty

For meetings including consideration of quality and standards matters:

  • At least one representative from the Registry nominated by the Academic Registrar or Director of Academic Quality and Standards;
  • A representative from the Educational Development Unit;
  • Student representation including the ICU Deputy President Education and Postgraduate Representation Committee representative
Membership (Academic year 2023-24)
Dr Mike Tennant Vice-Dean (Education) FoNS (Chair)
Professor Stephen Curry College Consul
Professor David Evans College Consul
Yi Yang Academic & Welfare Officer (FoNS Master’s), ICU
TBC Academic & Welfare Officer (FoNS Master’s), ICU
Chloe Lee Vice President (Education), RCSU
Dr Donald Craig Director of Undergraduate Studies Chemistry*
Dr Huw Williams Director of Undergraduate Studies Life Sciences*
Dr Christopher Hallsworth Director of Undergraduate Studies Mathematics*
Dr Carl Paterson Director of Undergraduate Studies Physics*
Dr James Bull Director of Master Studies, Chemistry
Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger CLCC Representative
Dr Travis Schedler Mathematics Department Postgraduate Representative
Professor Ben Sauer Director of Postgraduate Studies Physics
Professor Arash Mostofi Head of Master’s Programmes, Physics
Dr David Mann Head of Master’s Teaching, Life Sciences (South Kensington)
Professor Rob Ewers Head of Master’s Teaching, Life Sciences (Silwood Park)
Dr Martin Head Director of the MSc Environmental Technology, CEP
Professor Ingo Mueller-Wodarg Faculty Senior Tutor
Dr Vijay Tymms FoNS Representative on Programmes Committee, Physics
Moira Sarsfield Director of the FoNS EdTech Lab
Okan Kibaroglu ICT Representative
Graeme Rae Faculty Operations Officer, FoNS
Stefan Hoyle Head of Health and Safety FoNS
Emma Rabin Registry Representative
Kate Ippolito Education Development Unit (EDU) Representative
Mark Anderson Education Development Unit (EDU) Representative
Paul Hancock Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager (Natural Sciences)
Emma Mattin Education and EDI Coordinator
Rebecca Middleton Faculty Education Manager, FoNS
Chris Kerr Education and Quality Assurance Coordinator, FoNS (Secretary)
* NB. Senior Tutors generally deputise for DUGS if the latter are unable to attend.
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Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates (Academic year 2023/24)Paper submission deadlines (Academic year 2023/24)
13 September 2023 30 August 2023
22 November 2023 08 November 2023
21 February 2024 07 February 2024
24 April 2024 10 April 2024
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Agenda items (including papers) should be submitted to the committee secretary two weeks prior to the committee meeting. Papers will normally be circulated to members one week prior to the committee meeting. 


Academic year 2019/20
Academic year 2018/19
Academic year 2017/18
Academic year 2016/17
Academic year 2015/16

*Minutes to be approved at the next meeting.