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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 September 2019
  • 7 November 2019
  • 9 January 2020
  • 5 March 2020 
  • 7 May 2020
  • 9 July 2020
  • 3 September 2020
  • 5 November 2020

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 of the QAA Board *- Mr Andrew Ramsay, Former Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Council
  • Chair, independent QAA Board Member ** - Dr Vanessa Davies, Director General of the Bar Standards Board
  • Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Leeds Beckett University
  • Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Regent's University, London
  • Mr Charles Hunt, Vice-Chancellor, University College of Osteopathy
  • Ms Anne Lambert, Former Board Member Competition and Markets Authority
  • Professor Lorna Milne, Senior Vice-Principal (Proctor), University of St Andrews
  • Mr Luke Myer, Vice President, Edge Hill Students’ Union
  • Ms Dorothea Ross-Simpson, Head of Academic Quality and Student Conduct, Keele University
  • Professor Alan Speight, Vice-Principal (Student Recruitment), University of Aberdeen
  • Ms Jenny Taylor, IBM UK Foundation Leader, IBM (UK)
  • Professor Philip Wilson, Chief Executive of Conde Nast College
  • Dr Steve Wright, Director of Higher Education, 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.