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The duties of the Committee are organised in two distinct parts. The first part is concerned with applications for degree awarding powers and university title from providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and from providers in England under the Department for Education 2004 and 2015 criteria. The second part is concerned with assessments made under the Office for Students’ Regulatory Framework in England.

Committee Dates

  • 5 August 2021
  • 9 September 2021
  • 4 November 2021

    Membership Structure

    The Committee's membership comprises of:

    • the Chair 
    • two Board members 
    • six members with current or recent (within the last two years) UK degree awarding powers experience at a strategic level, and/or having senior level responsibility for areas covered by the criteria governing the grant of degree awarding powers or university title 
    • one member with experience in a higher education provider in England without degree awarding powers 
    • two members providing an employer of graduates or professional body perspective 
    • one member from an English further education provider 
    • one student member, or otherwise representing or promoting the interests of students
    • one member with experience of encouraging competition in industry or another sector of society
    • members co-opted by QAA Board

    Members (between them) also have experience in research into science, technology, humanities or new ideas.


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

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

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

    Committee Members

    • Chair, independent QAA Board Member ** - Dr Vanessa Davies, legal and regulatory consultancy including the Good Law Project
    • Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor and President, Loughborough University
    • Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Leeds Beckett University
    • Mr Damian Day, Head of Education & Quality Assurance, UK, General Pharmaceutical Council
    • Mr Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Experience, Coventry University
    • Mr Charles Hunt, Vice-Chancellor, University College of Osteopathy
    • Professor Neal Juster, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
    • Professor Jackie Labbe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, De Montfort University
    • Ms Anne Lambert, Former Board Member Competition and Markets Authority
    • Mr Aaron Lowman, Director of Academic Services, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts
    • Ms Leonie Milliner, Director of Education and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, General Optical Council
    • Ms Clare Viney, Chief Executive Officer, The Careers Research and Advisory Centre
    • Dr Nicola Watchman-Smith, Head of Academic Apprenticeships and Excellence Awards, AdvanceHE
    • Professor Philip Wilson, Chief Executive of Conde Nast College
    • Dr Steve Wright, Director of Academic Standards, Nelson and Colne College

     


    *The Committee is chaired by a member independent of the QAA Board for applications for degree awarding powers and university title from providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and from providers in England under the Department for Education 2004 and 2015 criteria.

    **The Committee is chaired by an independent QAA Board member for assessments made under the Office for Students’ Regulatory Framework.