Academic Committee reports to Council and the Academic Board


Professor Michael Arthur

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Mr Derfel Owen

for agendas and minutes; apologies for absence 
+44 (0)20 3108 8209


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Constitution and Membership for 2018-19

Where the name of a committee member is italicised, this indicates that that member is serving on the Committee as a deputy or nominee of another member.

Where the name of a committee member appears in square brackets, this indicates that member’s second or subsequent appearance in the committee’s membership.

Number in brackets to the right-hand side of a committee member’s name indicates length of continuous service in years, up to and including the 2017-18 session. Length of service is not indicated for ex officio and student members, or for observers.

Ex Officio

President and Provost (Chair) Professor Michael Arthur
Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) Professor Anthony Smith
Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London)  Dr Celia Caulcott
Vice-Provost (Health)
Professor David Lomas
Vice-Provost (International)  Dame Nicola Brewer
Vice-Provost (Research) Professor David Price

Deans of Faculties (or nominees):
Arts and Humanities Professor Stella Bruzzi
Brain Sciences Professor Alan Thompson
Built Environment Professor Alan Penn
UCL Institute of Education  Professor Becky Francis
Engineering Sciences Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker
Laws Professor Piet Eeckhout
Life Sciences Professor Geraint Rees
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Professor Ivan Parkin
Medical Sciences  Professor Mark Emberton
Population Health Sciences  Professor Graham Hart 
Social and Historical Sciences Professor Sasha Roseneil

Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)
Dr Sam Smidt
Director, UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) Dr Christine Hoffmann
Director of Library Services Dr Paul Ayris
Director of Public and Cultural Engagement Mr Simon Cane
Director of Student Administration
To be notified
Pro-Provost (Doctoral School) Professor David Bogle
Registrar Ms Wendy Appleby
Faculty Tutors:
Arts and Humanities Dr Arne Hofmann
Brain Sciences  Dr Julie Evans
Built Environment vacancy
UCL Institute of Education  Dr Tracey Allen
Engineering Sciences Dr Simon Banks
Laws Ms Olga Thomas
Life Sciences Dr Hazel Smith
Mathematical and Physical Sciences vacancy
Medical Sciences  Ms Blathnaid Mahony
Population Health Sciences  Mr Mike Rowson
Social and Historical Sciences [Dr Arne Hofmann]

Students' Union Education Officer Mr Farooq Dean
Students' Union Postgraduate Students' Officer
Mr Saddiqur Rahman
Students' Union Welfare and International Officer
Ms Rothna Akhtar
Chair, Education Committee [Professor Anthony Smith]
Chair, Research Degrees Committee [Professor David Bogle]
UCL Student Mediator
Dr Ruth Siddall


Eight academic staff - including at least one professor and one non-professor from each School - elected by and from among the professorial and non-professorial academic staff members of Academic Board:

  • Dr Hugh Goodacre
  • Dr Sandra Leaton Gray
  • Dr Hynek Pikhart
  • Professor Andrea Townsend-Nicholson
  • Professor Li Wei
  • Professor Andrew Wills
  • Dr Stan Zochowski
  • One vacancy


  • Mr Ashley Doolan (-)

Secretary Mr Derfel Owen

Terms of Reference

Subject to any general or particular direction that may from time to time be given by the Council, the Academic Committee is charged by Council:

  1. To consider and advise the Council, through powers delegated by the Academic Board, upon all academic matters and questions affecting the educational policy of UCL, the organisation of teaching, examining, research and courses of instruction, including the following: (i) matters concerning academic co-operation between UCL and any other body; (ii) appointments to established Chairs and Readerships tenable at UCL; (iii) the award or revocation of degrees of UCL and of the University of London.
  2. To maintain an overview of UCL's academic strategies, policies and procedures pertaining to the following: (i) research; (ii) teaching and learning; (iii) definition and maintenance of academic standards; (iv)  examinations and assessment; (v)  innovations in educational practice; (vi) programme development and review; (vii) student behaviour and discipline; (viii) student experience; (ix) academic staff development; (x) quality management and enhancement.
  3. In discharging the foregoing responsibilities, to: (i) set up working groups etc to assist the Academic Committee; (ii) prescribe their terms of reference and constitution; (iii) maintain an overview of all matters falling within their purview.
  4. To maintain an overview of the work of the following standing committees which report to Academic Committee, by receipt of an annual report on the work of the committee in the preceding 12 months and by such other arrangements as Academic Committee may define in particular cases: (i) Education Committee; (ii) Library Committee; (iii) Research Degrees Committee; (iv) Research Governance Committee; (v) Student Experience Committee; (vi) Student Recruitment, Admissions and Funding Committee.
  5. To receive an annual report from the Vice-Provost (Research) on the development and implementation of UCL's research strategy and from such other UCL officers as may be determined by the Committee.
  6. To receive the Minutes of all meetings of standing committees and working groups etc reporting to Academic Committee.
  7. To report to Academic Board and Council by submission to the Academic Board officers and Council officers of the Minutes of each meeting of Academic Committee.

Meeting dates 2018-19

  • Thursday 1 November 2018, 10.00am
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10.00am
  • Monday 24 June 2019, 10.00am


Committee Minutes for sessions prior to 2010-11 are not publicly accessible.