Faculty Teaching Committees

contact: Derfel Owen, Director of Academic Services, Student and Registry Services


Terms of reference

The following should be regarded as core terms of reference for FTCs. It is acknowledged that some faculties operate separate committees for undergraduate and taught postgraduate/research student matters. Therefore, the following list should be applied, as appropriate, to the relevant committee. This list of items should not be regarded as exhaustive.

Subject to any general or particular direction which may be prescribed from time to time by the Academic Committee, the Faculty Teaching Committee will normally be expected:

1. Within the framework of the UCL Learning and Teaching Strategy, to define, develop and review a faculty-level learning and teaching strategy.

2. Within the framework of Academic Committee statements of policy and good practice in respect of quality management and enhancement (QME), to define, develop and keep under regular review faculty QME processes and mechanisms.

3. To keep under review the teaching provision across the faculty and to provide a forum for discussion of issues raised by Departmental Teaching Committees (DTCs).

4. To consider the academic and resource implications of new degree programme proposals from departments within the faculty and, if and when satisfied, submit these for consideration by the Education Committee (or relevant sub-group thereof).

5. To consider the academic and resource implications of proposals for new or amended modules from departments within the faculty and, if and when satisfied, submit these to the Student and Registry Services for approval.

6. To oversee the implementation of UCL’s Annual Monitoring (AM) and Augmented Annual Monitoring (AugAM) processes within the faculty by (i) the receipt and consideration of departments’ Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs), (ii) the receipt, consideration and, as appropriate, approval of departments’ Augmented Annual Monitoring Reports (AugAMRs), (iii) the preparation of an annual summary report on issues or emerging themes arising from the FTC’s consideration of the AMRs and AugAMRs for submission to the Quality Management and Enhancement Committee (QMEC).

7. To receive, in accordance with UCL policy1, reports from DTCs on the operation of peer observation of teaching and ensure that any issues arising from such reports are followed-up appropriately with the DTC(s) concerned.

8. To receive analyses from DTCs of the results of student evaluation questionnaires.

9. To monitor the minutes and proceedings of DTCs to ensure that such committees have student representatives, as required by UCL policy.

10. To receive reports on or to consider, as appropriate, relevant issues arising from meetings of Academic Committee or other relevant institutional-level committees2.

11. To report to Academic Committee by the submission of Minutes of each meeting of the FTC to the officers of Academic Committee.


The following should be regarded as comprising minimum requirements for the constitution of a FTC:

Staff Membership

  • Dean and/or Vice/Sub-Dean
  • Faculty Tutor
  • Faculty Graduate Tutor (if appropriate)
  • One member of staff from each department within the faculty (e.g., Chair of DTC and/or Departmental Tutor)
  • Chairs of steering committees of inter-faculty or inter-departmental programmes for which the parent department is from within the faculty.

Student Membership

The FTC should include at least one undergraduate and one postgraduate student member3. Committee chairs and/or secretaries should meet the student representatives in advance of the first committee meeting, in order to brief them on the committees' works and proceedings and to put the students at ease and introduce them to key committee members.

January 2015

1 UCL's policy on peer observation of teaching is at Part 6 of the Academic Manual at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/part-6/pot.

2 It is recommended that receipt of a report on the proceedings of the most recent meeting(s) of Academic Committee and or other relevant institutional-level committees should be a standing item on the agendas for meetings of FTCs.

3 If the FTC agenda includes business which the Chair feels should not be discussed in the presence of student members, there should be a separate, Reserved Area of Business section of the agenda.