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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers

The Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP) considers applications for degree awarding powers and/or university title (DAP/UT). In support of this work, it oversees the criteria and scrutiny processes used to assess applications and makes recommendations to the QAA Board to inform the nature of QAA’s confidential advice to ministers.

Changes to the Committee

In response to new requirements set out in the Higher Education and Research Act, QAA’s Board of Directors approved a comprehensive review of ACDAP’s terms of reference in December 2017.  

Three new members were appointed in March 2018 who bring experience from a higher education provider without degree awarding powers, experience of employing graduates, and experience of encouraging competition in industry.  ACDAP now demonstrates all the categories of experience required for QAA’s advice on degree awarding powers to the Office for Students, as the designated quality body in England.  

The new members approved by the QAA Board are:

  • Ms Anne Lambert, Board Member Competition and Markets Authority​
  • Ms Jenny Taylor, IBM UK Foundation Leader, IBM (UK)
  • Mr Philip Wilson, Chair of Independent HE (from June 2018)

Current Structure

The Committee's membership comprises:

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In addition, ACDAP invites observers from the following, as appropriate:

  • the UK Department for Education
  • Welsh Government, Department for Education and Skills 
  • Scottish Government, Directorate for Advanced Learning and Science 
  • Northern Ireland, Department for the Economy
  • UK higher education funding bodies. 

The QAA Chief Executive and QAA Director of Colleges and Alternative Providers attend ex officio.

The Secretary to ACDAP is the Head of Degree Awarding Powers and University Title at QAA. 

Members and Register of interests

Mr Andrew Ramsay, Former Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Council

Category of membership:
Chair

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Governor, University of the Creative Arts.

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology; Companion, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers; Hon Fellow, Society of Public Health Engineers; Trustee, Mathematics for Education and Industry.

Connections with other bodies:
Fellow, Institution of Secretaries and Administrators; Trustee of three employment-based pension funds.

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bournemouth University

Category of membership:
Board member

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Member, British Computer Society; Fellow, Strategic Planning Society

Connections with other bodies:
None

Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Leeds Beckett University

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
None

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
None

Professor Christopher Clare,  Former Director of Quality, Policy and Regulation University College

Category of membership:
Member providing an employer or professional body perspective

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Visiting Professor, University of South Wales

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Member of Academic Accreditation Committee and Chair of accreditation panels, British Computer Society (BCS)

Connections with other bodies:
Liveryman, The Worshipful Company of Bakers

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Regent's University, London

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Member, Strategic Advisory Board, Marymount University, California.

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Member, HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Board for Leadership, Governance and Management; Member/Observing Board Member, London Higher; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Member, Universities UK.

Professor John Grattan, Acting Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University

Category of membership:
Board Member.

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Guild HE member

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society.

Connections with other bodies:
Member, Universities Wales, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Advisory Group; Member, Universities Wales Pro Vice-Chancellors Learning and Teaching Group; Chair, CADARN (HEFCW E-Learning Initiative); Member, Global Wales; Member, Board of Global Education, Training and Qualifications

Mr Charles Hunt, Principal and Chief Executive, University College of Osteopathy

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Partnership with the University of Bedfordshire for Prof Doc validation

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Chair Osteopathic International Alliance; Director Council of Osteopathic Education Institutions, Member of Register of General Osteopathic Council, Member of Osteopathic Development Group Management Board

Connections with other bodies:
None

Ms Anne Lambert, Board Member Competition and Markets Authority

Category of membership:
Member co-opted by the QAA Board (encouraging competition in industry)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Governor at the University of Portsmouth

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
None

Connections with other bodies:
Inquiry Chair and Board Member, Competitions and Markets Authority

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
None.

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Trustee, Universities Association of Lifelong Learning; Trustee, Open College Network West Midlands; Member, UUK Regulatory Group; Member of the Board, Black Country Chamber of Commerce; Member – Black Country LEP; Member, Walsall Economic Forum; Member, Telford Strategic Partnership; Member, Wolverhampton City Board

Connections with other bodies:
Director, University of Wolverhampton Science Park Ltd; Director, University of Wolverhampton Corporate Services Ltd; Director, University of Wolverhampton Enterprise Ltd; Director, University of Wolverhampton Social Enterprise Ltd; Member, Black Country Consortium.

Professor Jane Longmore, Vice-Chancellor, University of Chichester

Category of membership :
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria.

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Member of Board of Governors, UK College of Business and Computing

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Board Member of University Vocational Awards Council; Fellow of Royal Historical Society; Fellow of the Historical Association

Connections with other bodies:
Member of DV-C/PV-C Network of Higher Education Academy; Member of Deputy Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors and Vice Principals Network of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Mr Tom Lowe, REACT Project Manager, University of Winchester

Category of membership:
Student member

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Project Manager of REACT, University of Exeter; Project Manager of REACT, London Metropolitan University

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Communications Officer and Committee Member of Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE)

Connections with other bodies:
Change Agent Network Advisory Board Member, JISC

Professor Lorna Milne, Vice-Principal (Proctor), University of St Andrews

Category of membership:
Member co-opted by the QAA Board

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
External Examiner for French, Queen’s University Belfast

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Editorial Board Member, French Studies, and Forum for Modern Languages, Member of French Studies Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Connections with other bodies:
Management Committee, The Burn

Ms Dorothea Ross-Simpson, Head of Academic Quality and Student Conduct, Keele University

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria.

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
None

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
None

Connections with other bodies:
None

Professor Alan Speight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Hull

Category of membership:
Member with current or recent UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or with responsibility for areas covered by the criteria

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
None

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Member, HEFCW Student Experience and Teaching Quality Committee; Member, HEW PVC Learning & Teaching Advisory Group; Chair, HEFCW South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership; Member, Royal Economic Society; Member, Scottish Economic Society; Member, British Accounting Association; Member, Conference of Professors of Accounting and Finance; Member, ESRC Money, Macro and Finance Group

Connections with other bodies:
Management Committee, The Burn

Ms Jenny Taylor, IBM UK Foundation Leader, IBM (UK)

Category of membership:
Member providing an employer or professional body perspective

Current connection with HE institutions (other than employment):
None

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Chair, Tech Partnership Degree Apprenticeship Group; Chair, Tech Partnership Degree Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group; Commissioner, Princess Royal Training Awards (City and Guild)

Connections with other bodies:
None

Dr Steven Wright, Director of Higher Education, Nelson and Colne College

Category of membership:
Member providing a College Higher Education perspective

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
None

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology and Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Connections with other bodies:
Member of Association of Colleges Higher Education Policy Group


Appointment and service

Members are invited to serve on ACDAP for three years in the first instance and may be reappointed for a further period of three years. Six years is the maximum permitted continuous period of office. The student member will normally be invited to serve on the Committee for one year with the possibility of one further one-year renewal up to a maximum of two years. All appointments and reappointments are made by the QAA Board.

Meeting Dates

Thursday 10 May 2018

Thursday 6 September 2018

Thursday 8 November 2018

Thursday 7 February 2019

Thursday 16 May 2019

Further Information

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