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The Committee is concerned with applications for degree awarding powers and university titles from providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Membership Structure

The Committee will comprise 16 members, to include:

  • the Chair
  • a second QAA Board member (the Vice-Chair)
  • two members to be nominated by the QAA Scottish Strategic Advisory Committee
  • two members to be nominated by the QAA Welsh Strategic Advisory Committee
  • two members appointed from the QAA Student Strategic Advisory Committee (SSAC) who are not also members of the QAA Board
  • up to four 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, or with experience in a higher education provider in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without degree awarding powers
  • two members providing an employer of graduates or professional body perspective • one member without degree awarding powers
  • one member from a further education provider.

The Committee invites observers from the following, as appropriate:

  • Scottish Government, Directorate for Advanced Learning and Science
  • Northern Ireland, Department for the Economy
  • Welsh Government, Department for Education and Skills.

The Committee may invite observers to provide oral updates on relevant matters at each meeting.


Committee Members

  • Chair, independent QAA Board Member * - Dr Vanessa Davies, Former Director General, Bar Standards Board (retired)
  • Dr Ernest Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Associate Director for Learning and Teaching, SOAS University of London
  • Professor Ian Dunn, Provost, Coventry University
  • Professor Tina Harrison, Assistant Principal, Academic Standards and Quality Assurance, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Neal Juster, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
  • Professor Jackie Labbe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire
  • Ms Leonie Milliner, Director of Education and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, General Optical Council
  • Professor Clare Peddie, Vice Principal Education, University of St Andrews
  • Nicola Poole, Head of Quality and Academic Services, University of South Wales
  • Ms Clare Viney, Chief Executive Officer, The Careers Research and Advisory Centre
  • Ms Emma Williams, Secretary and Registrar, Glasgow School of Art

*The Committee is chaired by an independent QAA Board member.