Foundation Year Committee


'Foundation Year' programmes in the below refer to those programmes delivered by the University of Nottingham, including 'Gateway' programmes, and therefore do not include programmes delivered by University of Nottingham International College (UNIC).

Terms of Reference

  1. To provide an oversight of quality and standards issues regarding:
    • the provision of Foundation Year programmes;
    • admission requirements, intake targets and application and conversion rates;
    • metrics for quality and student experience such as progression and award information and student evaluation;
    • changes to the content of Foundation Year programmes;
    • changes to the University policies or procedures that may impact on Foundation Year provision;
    • resources and efficiencies.
  2. The work on quality and standards will pay due attention to: 
    • pursuing University objectives with regard to internationalisation, Widening Participation and Diversity;
    • enhancing a common Foundation Year ethos, with the aim of sharing and implementation of best practice from current established provision and looking for synergies in ways of working;  
  3. To report to Quality and Standards Committee (QSC) on the above matters and on any other issues referred to it by QSC or the PVC for Education and Student Experience. 


Chair (to also be a member of QSC and the Joint Academic Board): Dr Mohamed Elmaghrbi (ME)

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts: Dr Chris Woodard (CW) (Optional)

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Professor Michael Randall (MR) (Optional)

Deputy Director of Student Recruitment (Enquiries and Admissions): Ms Rachel Gillam (RG) (Optional)

Deputy Director of Student Recruitment (Widening Participation and Outreach): Ms Emma Szembek (ES)

Programme Directors for Foundation Year Provision:

  • Dr Peter Watts (Arts) (PW)
  • Dr Shirley Ashforth-Frost (FEPS – Engineering) (SA-F)
  • Dr Beverley Allan/Ms Caroline Anderson (Science) (BA/CA)
  • Dr Karen Braithwaite (Vet) (KB)
  • Dr Sara Smith (Medicine) (SS)
  • Dr Samantha Ravenall (Health Sciences) (SR)
  • Professor Danny McLaughlin (University of Lincoln) (DMc)
  • Professor Alistair Warren (Vice-Dean Early Years and BMedSci (Lincoln) (AW)

College Director, UNIC (once per year to give updates): Tafadzwa Masiye (Academic Director) (TM)

Students' Union Education Officer: Ms Rebecca Craven (RC)

Secretary: Arwa Bayoumy (AB)

Other members, including representative of the overseas campuses, to be co-opted as appropriate.

(Updated September 2020)

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