SOAS University of London

SOAS Standing Orders: Annex IV: Student Experince and Engagememt Committee

Annex IV Student Experience & Engagement Committee                                                                    

Student Experience & Engagement Committee is a sub-committee of Academic Board.  It is required to report to Academic Board on a regular basis. It also has a responsibility to liaise with Resources & Planning Committee and other committees and to keep them informed as necessary.


The membership of the Student Experience & Engagement Committee will comprise

  • Chair:
    • Associate Director (Student Welfare)
  • Ex-officio Members:
    • Director Student and Academic Experience
    • Associate Director (Learning Environment and Student Outcomes)
    • Deputy COO (Student and Academic Experience)
    • Head of Student Advice and Wellbeing
    • Director of Estates & Property Services
    • Director Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching
    • Students' Union General Manager
    • Student Casework Manager
  • Other Members:
    • 1 representative from the Library, nominated by Director of Library and Learning Services
    • 1 academic representative from each Department nominated by that Department (usually the relevant Director of Student Experience)
    • 1 member of IFCELS, nominated by IFCELS
    • 1 member of the Languages Centre, nominated by the Languages Centre
    • 2 members of professional services/support staff nominated by the Registrar & Secretary (COO)
    • 3 full members of the Students' Union nominated by the Students' Union Executive Committee, one undergraduate student, one taught postgraduate taught student, and one research student 

The Registrar & Secretary (COO) will nominate a Secretary.  The Committee will normally hold three ordinary meetings per annum.

 Terms of Reference

Student Experience & Engagement Committee will have the following terms of reference.

  • To consider strategic planning and policy development matters relating to student welfare, the learning environment and the student experience as a whole, and to make recommendations to Academic Board and other committees as appropriate;
  • To consider strategy and policy in relation to the extra-curricular experience of students; their welfare and other non-academic outcomes, and make recommendations to Academic Board and other committees as appropriate;
  • To monitor and make recommendations in relation to the effective representation of students in the School’s deliberative structures, and opportunities for all students to participate and be represented;
  • To identify and disseminate examples of good practice in student engagement, and to advise Teaching, Learning & Student Outcomes Committee on the enhancement of student engagement in activity related to learning, teaching and quality assurance;
  • To monitor and consider, in general terms, issues arising from students grievance and disciplinary matters which are of concern to the student experience overall.