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The principal standing committee for the consideration of educational matters is the Education Committee. The Education Committee is the main central authority with operational responsibility for teaching quality assurance and standards. It meets three times a term and reports to the General Board.

The Committee is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and its membership includes between five and seven academic staff appointed by the General Board chosen to represent a range of academic disciplines, of whom a number are members of the General Board, two representatives of the Senior Tutors' Committee, two members of the Board of Graduate Studies, the Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) Education Officer, and the graduate student member of the General Board. The formal representation of the Colleges and the student body, and the inclusion of a range of academic disciplines, help to ensure both objective scrutiny of proposals and a variety of perspectives.

Its main duties include:

  • consideration of proposals for new and amended courses and modes of assessment, and the necessary regulatory changes;
  • implementation of the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy;
  • consideration of External Examiners' reports, reports of professional, regulatory and statutory bodies, and the reports of internal reviews of learning and teaching;
  • interaction with Colleges, through the Senior Tutors' Committee, on educational matters of mutual interest;
  • quality assurance and enhancement, including responding to relevant legislation and liaising with relevant external bodies;
  • provision of advice to the General Board on draft Reports bearing on educational matters, and on the University's responses to external developments;
  • receipt of the minutes of various major university bodies (e.g. Senior Tutors’ Committee Standing Committee on Education, Board of Examinations and the Board of Graduate Studies).


Members of the University can access the Education Committee's website (Raven access only).