Professional Development

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 Master’s level programmes of study and short course provision.

 Quality and Standards Responsibilities

    • To provide a forum for the discussion of student issues and to monitor the student experience, for example via student survey results and staff-student committees, at all points of delivery.
    • To provide oversight and scrutiny of the processes of quality assurance for the Faculty’s academic provision in accordance with the College’s Academic Standards Framework.
    • To oversee the 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).
    • 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.
    • To consider reports of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies on undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision.
    • To approve minor changes to existing programme curricula (including for existing collaborative provision) and short course provision in accordance with the College Academic Standards Framework and report these to the Programmes Committee.
    • To approve changes to entry requirements for existing programmes of study.
    • To approve and keep under review programme specifications for taught degree programmes and approve and keep under review course specifications for short course provision and inform QAEC.
    • To approve and keep under review marking schemes and schemes for award of honours and inform QAEC.
    • To appoint panels to consider special cases for admission and other circumstances.
    • To oversee all special cases.
    • 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 formal minutes and termly 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;
  • A student representative;
  • 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 Head of Academic Services;
  • A representative from the Education Development Unit;
  • Student representation including the ICU Deputy President Education and GSU President or Deputy President
Membership (Academic Year 2016/17)
Dr Roberto Trotta Director of Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication as Co-Chair
Ms Kate Ippolito Principal Teaching Fellow in Educational Development as Co-Chair
Mr Nick Burstow ICU Deputy President (Education)
Mr Luke McCrone
GSU President
Mr Nicolas Cinosi Student Representative
Ms Abigail Sawyer Student Representative
Professor John Seddon College Consul
Ms Aoife McCarthy Manager, Educational Development Unit as Secretary
Dr Felicity Mellor Director of Postgraduate Studies
Ms Boglarka Nagy Student Representative
Dr Anna Nyburg Evening Classes Coordinator
Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger Director of Languages
Dr Robert Sternberg* Lecturer, Science Communication Unit
Dr Stephen Webster Head, Science Communication Unit
Ms Men-Yeut Wong Registry Representative
* These members will attend as alternates of the Science Communication Unit if the Head of the Science Communication Unit is unable to attend. 
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Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates (Academic year 2017/18)Submission deadlines (Academic year 2017/18)
02 October 2017 18 September 2017
06 December 2017 22 November 2017
07 March 2018 21 February 2018
18 April 2018 04 April 2018
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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 2016/17

Academic year 2015/16

*Minutes to be approved at the next meeting.