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Further information

If you require any further guidance on how to apply for degree awarding powers and university title, please contact us​ for further information.

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.

​Meeting dates and deadlines 2017-18​​​​

Thursday 2 November 2017

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England) by Thursday 28 September.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 12 October.

Thursday 1 February 2018

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England) by Thursday 14 December.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 11 January.

Thursday 10 May 2018

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England) by Thursday 5 April.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 19 April.

Thursday 6 September 2018

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England by Thursday 2 August.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 15 August.

Thursday 8 November 2018

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England by Thursday 4 October.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 18 October.

Thursday 7 February 2019

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England by Thursday 3 January 2019.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 17 January 2019.

Thursday 16 May 2019

Applications to be considered at this meeting must be submitted to the Privy Council (applicants in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland) or to HEFCE (applicants in England by Thursday 11 April 2019.

New applications and completed papers/reports must be submitted to ACDAP for consideration by Thursday 25 April 2019.


Structure​

The Committee's membership comprises:

  • the Chair (independent of the QAA Board) 
  • two Board members  
  • seven members with current or recent (within the last two years) UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic and international level, and/or having senior level responsibility for areas covered by the criteria governing the grant of degree awarding powers or university title
  • two members providing an employer or professional body perspective
  • one member with a background in College Higher Education
  • ​one student member
  • A maximum of two additional members may be co-opted to the Committee to bring other relevant expertise on to the Committee.  

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

  • the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • the Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills
  • the Scottish Government Directorate for Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • the Northern Ireland Government Department for Employment and Learning
  • UK higher education funding bodies. 

The QAA Chief Executive and QAA Director of Quality Assurance 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 then emplyment):​
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 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 Uiversity

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​

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 Fourm; 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.​

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 Manger 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 Jane Longmore, Deputy 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​​​ ​

Ms Dorothea Ross-Simpson, Head of Governance and Quality Assurance, 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

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

Mr Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs, National Centre for Universities and Businesses

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

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Winchester, Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Leicester

Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Associate, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Connections with other bodies:
Associate Director (Governance),Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE); Director, Aaron Ross Porter Consultancy Ltd; Director Insights, Hotcourses Group; Strategic Advisor, Civitas Learning International

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

Mr Charles Hunt, Principal and Chief Executive, British School 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 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

​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.