Committees

Committees are an essential part of university life. They help bring together staff and students from across the University to allow consensus and ownership in decision-making. Committees combine expertise gathered from several areas and help develop new ways of thinking. They are often required to take important (and sometimes difficult) decisions.

At Bucks, there are three separate bodies that have responsibility for the character, organisation and function of the University. These are: Council, the Senior Management Team (SMT), and Senate. The way in which these three bodies operate and connect with each other is fundamental to securing and improving quality and standards within the University.

These pages focus on Senate and its sub-committees. Senate is the University's senior deliberative committee and advises the Vice-Chancellor on the University's academic activities, including matters relating to the awarding of degrees. To assist it in carrying out its duties, Senate delegates authority for some of its responsibilities to its sub-committees. These are:

  • Academic Planning Committee (APC)
  • Education Committee (EDU)
  • Research and Enterprise Committee (REC)

Senate

Introduction

Senate is responsible to the Council for: general issues relating to the research, scholarship, teaching and courses at the University; for taking any action it considers necessary to safeguard the standards of awards of the University and the quality of its provision; considering the development of the academic activities of the University and the resources needed to support them and advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Council thereon; and for advising on such other matters as the Council or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to Senate. Senate meets up to four times a year and has an additional joint meeting with Council.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2018-2019 is as follows:

NamePositionSchool / DirectorateTerm / Category of Office
Nick BraisbyVice-ChancellorVice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio
Gavin BrooksDeputy Vice-ChancellorVice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio
Rachel CraggInterim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education & Digital)Vice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio
Ellie SmithAcademic RegistrarAcademic RegistryEx-officio
Julie IrwinDirector of Student SuccessStudent Success DirectorateEx-officio 
Florin IorasDirector of Enterprise & ResearchEnterprise & ResearchEx-officio 
Sri-Kartini LeetHead of SchoolArt, Design & PerformanceEx-officio
Phil WoodHead of SchoolAviation & SecurityEx-officio 
Kevin MaherHead of SchoolBusiness, Law & ComputingEx-officio
Russel StoneHead of SchoolMedia & Creative IndustriesEx-officio
Lee CurtisInterim Head of SchoolHealth Care & Social WorkEx-officio
Paul MorganHead of SchoolHuman & Social SciencesEx-officio 
Karen Buckwell-NuttHead of SchoolNursing & Allied HealthEx-officio 
Lauren VincentTeaching representative Art, Design & PerformanceElected
Louisa BerryTeaching representative Aviation & SecurityElected 
John HathawayTeaching representativeBusiness, Law & ComputingElected
Rob PenhaligonTeaching representativeMedia & Creative IndustriesElected
Daisy D'Silva ToscanoTeaching representativeHealth Care & Social WorkElected
Dearbhla GallagherTeaching representativeHuman & Social SciencesElected
Helen Ayo-AjayiTeaching representativeNursing & Allied HealthElected
Richard JonesCommittee representativeEducation CommitteeNominated
Margaret GreenfieldsCommittee representativeResearch & Enterprise CommitteeNominated
Sainey FayeCommittee representativePartnerships BoardNominated
Tao WarburtonPresident of the Students' Union Students' Union Student Member 
Brooke PilbeamStudents' Union Vice-President (Education and Welfare) Students' Union Student Member
Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference are included in the University Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocation Meeting Type 
25 September 201914:0016:00HW-G5.05Regular 
18 November 201916:00 17:30HW-S3.01Joint meeting with Council 
18 December 201914:0016:00HW-G5.05Regular
25 March 202014:00 16:00HW-G5.05Regular
10 June 202014:00 16:00HW-G5.05Regular

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet. The template is available from the Secretary.

Minutes

2019-2020

MeetingMinutes
10 June 2020To follow
25 March 2020To follow
18 December 2019To follow

18 November 2019

(Joint meeting with Council)

2019.11.18 SEN COUN Minutes Open (pdf)
25 September 20192019.09.25 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2018-2019

MeetingMinutes
5 June 20192019.06.05 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
13 March 20192019.03.13 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
5 December 20182018.12.05 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

19 November 2018

(Joint meeting with Council)

To follow
26 September 20182018.09.26 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2017-2018

MeetingMinutes
6 June 20182018.06.06 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
14 March 20182018.03.14 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
13 December 20172017.12.13 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

20 November 2017

(Joint meeting with Council)

To follow
27 September 20172017.09.27 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2016-2017

MeetingMinutes
7 June 20172017.06.07 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
22 March 20172017.03.22 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
14 December 20162016.12.14 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

21 November 2016

(Joint meeting with Council)

2016.11.21 JSC Minutes Open (pdf)
28 September 20162016.09.28 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2015-2016

MeetingMinutes
8 June 20162016.06.08 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
9 March 20162016.03.09 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
16 December 20152015.12.16 SEN Minutes Open  (pdf)

2014-2015

MeetingMinutes
10 June 2015 2015.06.10 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
18 March 2015 2015.03.18 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
17 December 2014 2014.12.17 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2013-2014

MeetingMinutes 
11 June 20142014.06.11 SEN Minutes (pdf)
19 March 20142014.03.19 SEN Minutes (pdf)
11 December 20132013.12.11 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2012-2013

MeetingMinutes 
5 June 20132013.06.05 SEN Minutes (pdf)
13 March 20132013.03.13 SEN Minutes (pdf)
12 December 20122012.12.12 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2011-2012

MeetingMinutes 
6 June 20122012.06.06 SEN Minutes (pdf)
14 March 20122012.03.14 SEN Minutes (pdf)
7 December 20112011.12.07 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2010-2011

 MeetingMinutes
8 June 20112011.06.08 SEN Minutes (pdf)
16 March 20112011.03.16 SEN Minutes (pdf)
8 December 20102010.12.08 SEN Minutes (pdf)

If you require minutes prior to this date please contact the Academic Registry.

Officers

Secretary: Miriam Moir, Head of Registry Services, Academic Registry (x5167)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time.

Academic Planning Committee

Introduction

Academic Planning Committee is responsible to Senate for the development of the University's academic taught portfolio and its formal strategic partnerships. This includes approval of business cases for new courses and partnerships as well as oversight of changes to existing courses and partnerships. APC meets as required throughout the academic year.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

NamePositionFaculty / DirectorateTerm / Category of Office
Nick BraisbyVice-ChancellorVice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio
Julie McLeodPro Vice-Chancellor (Education)Vice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio
Julie IrwinDirector of Student SuccessStudent SuccessCo-opted
Ellie SmithAcademic RegistrarAcademic RegistryEx-officio
Rod MercerDirector of FinanceFinanceEx-officio
Julia WestonDirector of Marketing & Student RecruitmentMarketing & Student RecruitmentEx-officio 
Ian HarperBEST Chief Executive
Director of Apprenticeships
BESTCo-opted
Rob RogersSenior Business Partner (Planning and Intelligence)Strategic Development & PlanningEx-officio 
Georgia NosalStudents' Union Vice-President (Education & Welfare)Students' UnionEx-officio
Robin WaltonSenior Financial Planning & Analysis ManagerFinanceIn attendance

Heads of Schools will also be in attendance.

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference are published in the University Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocationMeeting Type
13 September 201809:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal
18 October 201809:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal
5 December 201809:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal
13 February 201909:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal
17 April 201909:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal
13 June 201909:3012:30HW-VCCRNormal

Additional meetings may be arranged to deal with specific University initiatives.

Officers

Secretary: Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer, Academic Registry (x5066)

Research and Enterprise Committee

Introduction

Research and Enterprise Committee is responsible to Senate for monitoring and reviewing research performance across the University, and to identify priority areas for research and enterprise effort and activity. Through the Research Degree Committee (RDC), it also monitors the research student environment and related strategies. The Committee meets a minimum of three times during the academic year.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

NamePositionFaculty / DirectorateTerm / Category of Office
Anne Evans RED UnitEx-officio
Colin MartinActing Head of ResearchSociety & HealthEx-officio
Florin IorasActing Head of ResearchDesign, Media & ManagementEx-officio
Great Paa-Kerner Design, Media & ManagementEx-officio
Ben Clayton Design, Media & ManagementEx-officio
Neil BrownswordNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
Lyndon BuckNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
Helena ChanceNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
Richard MatherNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
Stephen PartridgeNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
David Warnock-SmithNominated MemberDesign, Media & ManagementNominated
Margaret GreenfieldsNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Keiran HendersonNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Paul MorganNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Ciaran O'KeeffeNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Lynn ViatgeNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Julia WilliamsNominated MemberSociety & HealthNominated
Douglas BurnhamExternal MemberStaffordshire UniversityMember
Rebekah Smith McGloinExternal MemberCoventry UniversityMember
Richard HarlowStudent RepresentativeBucks Students' UnionStudent Rep
Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference are included in the University Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocationMeeting Type
22 November 201714:0017:00G5.05Normal 
27 February 201814:0017:00G5.05Normal
15 May 201814:0017:00G5.05Normal

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

Minutes

2017-2018

MeetingMinutes
15 May 2018To follow
27 February 20182018-02-27 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
22 November 20172017-11-22 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2016-2017

MeetingMinutes
19 May 20172017-05-11 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
7 March 20172017.03.07 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
18 November 20162016.11.18 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
20 September 20162016.09.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2015-2016

MeetingMinutes
20 May 20162016.05.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
13 April 20162016.04.13 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
26 February 20162016.02.26 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
20 November 20152015.11.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2014-2015 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes
27 February 20152015.02.27 URC Minutes (pdf)
21 November 20142014.11.21 URC Minutes (pdf)

2013-2014 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes 
23 May 20142014.05.23 URC Minutes (pdf)
28 February 20142014.02.28 URC Minutes (pdf)
22 November 20132013.11.22 URC Minutes (pdf)
18 October 20132013.10.18 URC Minutes (pdf) 

2012-2013 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes 
28 June 20132013.28.06 URC Minutes (pdf)

If you require minutes prior to this date please contact the RED Unit.

Officers

Secretary: Anne Evans, Research & Enterprise Development Unit Manager (x5016)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

2017-2018

MeetingMinutes
15 May 2018To follow
27 February 20182018-02-27 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
22 November 20172017-11-22 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2016-2017

MeetingMinutes
19 May 20172017-05-11 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
7 March 20172017.03.07 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
18 November 20162016.11.18 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
20 September 20162016.09.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2015-2016

MeetingMinutes
20 May 20162016.05.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
13 April 20162016.04.13 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
26 February 20162016.02.26 REC Minutes Open (pdf)
20 November 20152015.11.20 REC Minutes Open (pdf)

2014-2015 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes
27 February 20152015.02.27 URC Minutes (pdf)
21 November 20142014.11.21 URC Minutes (pdf)

2013-2014 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes 
23 May 20142014.05.23 URC Minutes (pdf)
28 February 20142014.02.28 URC Minutes (pdf)
22 November 20132013.11.22 URC Minutes (pdf)
18 October 20132013.10.18 URC Minutes (pdf) 

2012-2013 (University Research Committee)

MeetingMinutes 
28 June 20132013.28.06 URC Minutes (pdf)

If you require minutes prior to this date please contact the RED Unit.

Education Committee

Introduction

The Education Committee is responsible to Senate for issues relating to learning, teaching and assessment in respect of the University's academic taught portfolio. This will include putting into operation the educational aspects of the strategic plan, responsibility for the maintenance of quality and standards, and oversight of all aspects of the student journey. EDU meets three times per year plus an additional meeting to audit the Annual Monitoring process.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

NamePosition Faculty / Directorate Term / Category of Office 
Nick BraisbyVice-ChancellorVice-Chancellor's OfficeEx-officio (Chair)
Miriam MoirAcademic Registrar's nomineeAcademic RegistryEx-officio
Julie IrwinDirector of Student Success (Interim)Student Success DirectorateEx-officio 
Sue LeddingtonFaculty Quality Co-ordinatorSociety & HealthEx-officio
Ben ParmarStudents' Union PresidentStudents' UnionEx-officio
Lauren O'SheaStudents' Union Vice-PresidentStudents' UnionEx-officio
Steve DewhurstApprenticeship HubApprenticeship HubCo-opted
Paul MorganHead of School representativeSociety & HealthNominated
Jeremy KellyTeaching RepresentativeSociety & HealthNominated (Jan-2018 to Aug-2020)
Nic FryerTeaching RepresentativeDesign, Media & ManagementNominated (Feb-2016 to Aug-2018)
Mary SimpsonTeaching RepresentativeDesign, Media & ManagementNominated (May-2017 to Aug-2019)
Yvette ScottTeaching RepresentativeDesign, Media & ManagementNominated (Sept-2015 to Aug-2019)
Rebecca RochonTeaching RepresentativeSociety & HealthNominated (Sept-2015 to Aug-2018)
Ben ClaytonTeaching RepresentativeSociety & HealthNominated (Sept-2016 to Aug-2018)
Sanj NathooTeaching RepresentativeSociety & HealthNominated (Sept-2017 to Aug-2019)
Melanie HaywardTeaching RepresentativeSociety & HealthNominated (Sept-2017 to Aug-2019)
Danny O'KeefeUndergraduate Student RepresentativeStudents' UnionNominated
Hattie HornblowPostgraduate Student RepresentativeStudents' UnionNominated
Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference are published in the University Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

DateStart Time End TimeLocation Meeting Type 
1 November 201714:0017:00HW-G5.05Normal 
9 November 201714:0017:00HW-G5.05Annual Monitoring
21 February 201814:0017:00HW-G5.05Normal
9 May 201814:0017:00HW-G5.05Normal

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

Minutes

This Committee was reconstituted for 2017-2018 as a merger between the previous Education Committee and the Quality & Standards Committee. Minutes of previous committees are provided for reference.

2017-2018

MeetingMinutes
9 May 2018To follow
21 February 2018To follow
9 November 2017

2017-11-09 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)
(Annual Monitoring)

1 November 20172017-11-01 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)

2016-2017

MeetingMinutes
17 May 20172017.05.17 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)
8 March 20172017.03.08 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)
9 November 2016

2016.11.09 QSCEDU Minutes Open (pdf)
(Joint Committee with Quality & Standards)

25 October 20162016.10.25 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)

2015-2016

MeetingMinutes
4 May 20162016.05.04 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)
10 February 20162016.02.10 EDU Minutes Open (pdf)
25 November 2015

2015.11.25 QSCEDU Minutes (pdf)
(Joint Committee with Quality & Standards)

18 November 20152015.11.18 EDU Minutes (pdf)

2014-2015 (Learning and Teaching Committee)

MeetingMinutes
6 May 20152015.05.06 LTC Minutes (pdf)
4 February 20152015.02.04 LTC Minutes (pdf)
15 October 20142014.10.15 LTC Minutes (pdf)

2013-2014 (Learning and Teaching Committee)

MeetingMinutes 
7 May 20142014.05.07 LTC Minutes (pdf)
5 February 20142014.02.05 LTC Minutes (pdf)
4 December 20132013.12.04 LTC Minutes (pdf)
Officers

Secretary: Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer, Academic Registry (x5066)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time.

Additional Information

If you would like more information on the way in which Senate and its sub-committees operate, or would like to explore the role of different members on a committee, please consult the Committees Handbook. For a diagram of the University's Deliberative Committees structure please see the University Governance: Committee constitutions and terms of reference formal document.