SOAS University of London

SOAS Standing Orders: Annex V: Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee

Annex V Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee


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


The membership of Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee will comprise:           

  • Chair:
    • An academic member of Executive Board nominated by Executive Board (normally the Pro-Director Learning & Teaching))
  • Ex-officio Members:
    • Pro-Directors
    • Academic Registrar
    • Four Associate Directors (Student Welfare, Learning Environment & Student Outcomes, Teaching Quality, Languages)
    • Deputy COO (Student and Academic Experience)
    • Director of Planning
    • Director Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
    • Academic Head of Online Learning
    • Head of Doctoral School
    • Director Student and Academic Experience
    • Director Marketing, Student Recruitment and Admissions 
  • 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, normally the Learning and Teaching Coordinator (where possible, at least one of these should be one of the members of Academic Board elected by the Academic Senate)         
    • 1 academic representative from IFCELS nominated by IFCELS
    • 1 academic representative from Language Centre nominated by Language Centre
    • 3 full members of the Students' Union appointed by the Students' Union Executive Committee: one undergraduate student, one postgraduate taught student, and one research student

The Registrar & Secretary (COO) will nominate a Secretary (usually the Academic Registrar).  The Committee will normally hold five ordinary meetings per annum.

Sub Committees

Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee will have the following subcommittees:

  • Curriculum Quality Assurance Panel
  • Student Outcomes Panel

It may delegate activities and authorities to these committees, as appropriate, but retains overall responsibility for these.

Terms of Reference

Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee will have the following terms of reference:

  1. To consider strategic planning and policy development matters relating to the School's profile of academic programmes (whether leading to degrees or not), their mode of delivery, partnerships and collaborations, the marketing of these programmes, policy with regard to student prizes, scholarships and bursaries; student recruitment and widening participation. It also has responsibility for overseeing the maintenance and monitoring of academic standards and quality.  The committee will make reports and recommendations to Academic Board and other committees where appropriate; 
  2. To oversee the development of any strategy or sub-strategy in the area of Teaching and Learning which is approved by the Board of Trustees in the context of the School's Vision and Strategy and the School's other sub-strategies; 
  3. To monitor the overall delivery of such strategy and to review it on an annual basis, recommending changes as appropriate;
  4.  To ensure that any such strategy contains Performance Indicators and targets and to periodically monitor their delivery; 
  5. To make regular reports to Academic Board regarding the delivery or otherwise of  any such strategy and of the PIs and targets associated with it; To receive reports and recommendations from its sub-committees, and to make reports and recommendations to Academic Board as appropriate;  
  6. To receive reports in respect of the development and delivery of those areas of learning and teaching which relate to research degrees, and the quality of the School's provision for research students; 
  7. To recommend to Academic Board changes to academic regulations, including those related to admissions, assessment and progression; and to approve changes to related policies, procedures, guidelines and codes of practice recommended by  its sub-committees; 
  8. To advise Executive Board on the School’s procedures for Comprehensive  Review and monitor how this process meets requirements for the periodic review of programmes; to receive reports arising from Comprehensive Review which relate to learning and teaching, consider and approve their recommendations and monitor their implementation;  
  9. To consider reports from and to external learning and teaching and quality assurance agencies and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies on the standards and quality of the School's provision; 
  10. To monitor the delivery of the School's Access Agreement and to advise the Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching) on proposals being made to Academic Board for its future development; 
  11. To approve nominations for chairs and deputy chairs of exam boards and sub-boards; to approve changes to the allocation of programmes and modules to sub-boards; to recommend to Academic Board changes to the Terms of Reference or procedures of exam boards relating to their role in the maintenance and monitoring of academic standards; 
  12. To recommend to Academic Board changes to policy relating to the maintenance and enhancement of high quality professional teaching standards and practice and to monitor the implementation of such policy; 
  13. To approve term dates; 
  14. To note the approval of programmes and amendments to programmes by the Curriculum Quality Assurance Panel, and report these to Academic Board; 
  15. To receive reports on requests for the suspension of regulations; to consider any issues arising from such requests and make recommendations for the development of policy and regulations if necessary; 
  16. To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for the consideration of quality and standards in relation to provision delivered in partnership with others, and to approve the partners with whom such provision is developed.