Academic Manual

Faculty Teaching Committees


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 Education 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 and academic partnership 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.

To oversee the implementation of UCL’s Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) and Internal Quality Review (IQR) processes within the faculty by (i) the receipt and consideration of departments’ Annual Student Experience review (ASER) reports, (ii) the receipt, consideration and, as appropriate, approval of departments’ IQR reports, (iii) the preparation of an annual summary report on issues or emerging themes arising from the FTC’s consideration of the ASERs and IQRs for submission to the Quality Review Sub-Committee.

7.  To receive, in accordance with UCL policy[1], reports from departments summarising the operation of peer dialogue and ensure that any matters arising from such reports are followed-up appropriately with the departments 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 committees[2]. 
11.  To report to Education Committee by the submission of Minutes of each meeting of the FTC to the officers of Education 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.
  • Representation from UCL Arena.

It is recommended that representatives of relevant Professional Support Services are invited at least once a year to FTC meetings if possible, at the discretion of the Faculty Tutor.

Student Membership

The student Faculty Representative should be invited to membership of the FTC. Other student representatives may also be invited where appropriate [3]. 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.

August 2017

1 UCL's policy on peer dialogue.

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. 

August 2017