Terms of reference

  • To oversee the development and implementation of the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, ensuring alignment with College Strategy.
  • To proactively identify, support and promote innovations in learning,teaching and assessment.
  • To consider the evaluation of various approaches to curriculum design, delivery and assessment, ensuring that the impact on different student groups is understood and that the results are used to inform future practice.
  • To communicate and promote the profile of learning and teaching and the student experience at Imperial College.
  • To engage with and recommend action as appropriate to address key themes emerging from internal and external surveys of students.
  • To advise on the College’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment and contribute to the development of the TEF provider submission.
  • To consider responses to external consultations on matters relating to learning and teaching.
  • To identify best practice from across the sector that can inform enhancement within College.
  • To oversee the development and implementation of the Academic Standards Framework (ASF) and ensure its compliance with the QAA Quality Code and related external frameworks, as well as its fit within the College.
  • To ensure alignment of the ASF with the SIMP process and the student and applicant journey work streams.
  • To receive and consider reports from the Online Learning Innovation Group (OLIG).


Reports to Senate

Constitution and membership


  • Vice-Provost (Education) as Chair;
  • Assistant Provost (Learning and Teaching);
  • Director of the Graduate School;
  • a senior representative with a responsibility for educational leadership from each faculty nominated by the Dean;
  • a senior representative from the School of Professional Development;
  • Student Representative nominated by Imperial College Union;
  • Head of Strategic Projects, Education Office
  • Director of Strategic Planning
  • Academic Registrar (or nominee);
  • Head of Academic Services;
  • a representative from QAEC nominated by the Vice Provost (Education);
  • Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)
Membership (Academic year 2017/18)
Professor Simone Buitendijk Vice Provost (Education) (Chair)
Professor Alan Spivey Assistant Provost (Learning & Teaching)
Professor Sue Gibson Director of the Graduate School
Professor Omar Matar Vice Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Engineering
Professor Emma McCoy Vice Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences
Professor Desmond Johnston Vice Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medicine
Dr Edgar Meyer Interim Business School Representative
Professor Martyn Kingsbury Director of Educational Development as the School of Professional Development Representative
Mr Martin Lupton Representative from QAEC
Mr Nick Burstow Deputy President (Education) for Imperial College Union
Ms Emma Caseley Head of Strategic Projects, Education Office
Dr Malcolm Edwards Director of Strategic Planning
Mr David Ashton Academic Registrar
Ms Judith Webster Head of Academic Services
Ms Lucy Heming Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance & Enhancement) as Secretary


Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates (Academic year 2017/18)Submission deadlines (Academic year 2017/18)
19 September 2017 05 September 2017
31 October 2017 17 October 2017
28 November 2017 14 November 2017
19 December 2017 05 December 2017
23 January 2018 09 January 2018
20 February 2018 06 February 2018
22 March 2018 08 March 2018
16 May 2018 02 May 2018
Summary of the table's contents
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. Items to be recommended to Senate cannot be considered at the final meeting of the academic year.


Academic year 2017/18

Academic year 2016/17