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 GSU President or Deputy President 
Membership (Academic year 2018/19)
Professor Emma McCoy Vice-Dean (Education) (Chair)
Professor Jonathan Mestel College Consul, Mathematics 
Professor Lesley Cohen College Consul, Physics
Mr Alejandro Luy ICU Deputy President (Education)
Ms Ute Thiermann GSU President
Ms Michaela Flegrova RCSU Academic Affairs Officer
Dr Donald Craig DUGS Chemistry*
Dr Huw Williams DUGS Life Sciences*
Professor David Evans DUGS Mathematics*
Dr Robert Forsyth DUGS Physics*
Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger CLCC Representative
Dr James Wilton-Ely Chemistry PGT Representative
Dr Kleoniki Gounaris Life Sciences PGT Representative
Dr Ryan Barnett Maths PGT Representative
Dr William Proud Physics PGT Representative
Dr Mike Tennant CEP PGT Representative
Professor Richard Thompson Faculty Senior Tutor
Dr Vijay Tymms FoNS Representative of Programmes Committee, Physics
Ms Moira Sarsfield Principal Learning Technologist
Ms Nazia Hirjee Faculty Operations Officer
Mr Stefan Hoyle Head of Health and Safety
Mr Scott Tucker Registry QA Representative
Mr Will Bennett ICT Representative
Ms Kate Ippolito Education Development Unit (EDU) Representative
Mr Mark Anderson Education Development Unit (EDU) Representative
Ms Rebecca Middleton Faculty Education Manager
Ms Kasia Kmieckowiak Administrative Assistant as 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 2019/20)Submission deadlines (Academic year 2019/20)
25 September 2019 11 September 2019
27 November 2019 13 November 2019
26 February 2020 12 February 2020
29 April 2020 15 April 2020
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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 2018/19
Academic year 2017/18
Academic year 2016/17
Academic year 2015/16

*Minutes to be approved at the next meeting.