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Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee

Terms of Reference 2016/17

The Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee (RASC) of the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) will oversee, on its behalf, the development and implementation of the University’s policies and procedures in the areas of recruitment and admission of students. This includes the recruitment and admission of both UK and international students, to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The RASC will advise and make recommendations to AQSC in the following areas:

  1. Overseeing the development and implementation of the University's policies and procedures for the recruitment and admission of students including the strategic oversight of Confirmation and Clearing.
  2. Assessing the impact of external trends and internal developments on student recruitment (including widening participation) and admissions.
  3. Advising the University Academic Executive (UAE), through the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), of potential policy changes or adjustments, and consideration of external factors.
  4. Reviewing the use of market research and management information in relation to recruitment and marketing activities.
  5. Reviewing and maintaining oversight of policy issues (e.g. the use of contextual admissions), and ensuring that the University’s admissions policies and procedures are implemented consistently for all programmes.
  6. Considering the strategic and cross-faculty implications of proposals from faculties to amend their entry requirements.
  7. Considering recommendations for the acceptance of new or revised qualifications or English language tests, their equivalency with already accepted qualifications, and any changes to those equivalencies.
  8. Promoting good practice in delivery of Open / Visit Days.
  9. Reviewing ‘lessons learned’ (e.g. in October each year regarding the previous cycle).
  10. Maintaining oversight of Outreach activity including the Access Agreement.
  11. Establishing task and finish groups as necessary to work on particular issues (these may be segmented across Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research, and/or Home/EU/International).


  • Vice-President (Education): Professor Alex Neill (Chair
  • University Director of Graduate Studies (or nominee): Professor James Vickers
  • Faculty Admissions Controller for each Faculty (to be decided by the Associate Dean (Education and the Student Experience) where there is more than one Faculty Admissions Controller)
  • Academic Registrar (or nominee): Ms Claire Atkins
  • Head of University Admissions (or nominee): Mr Nick Hull
  • Director of Student Recruitment and International Relations (or nominee): Ms Charlene Allen
  • Director of Communications and Marketing (or nominee): Mr Simon Peatfield
  • Director of Student Services (or nominee): Ms Kelly Matthews
  • Vice-President (Education) of the Students’ Union: Mr Elliot Grater

Faculty Representatives

  • Business, Law and Art: Ms Leonora Onaran
  • Engineering and the Environment: Professor Anna Barney
  • Health Sciences: Anne Baileff
  • Humanities: Dr James Minney
  • Medicine: Shelley Parr
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences: Dr Chris Jackson
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering: Professor Mark French
  • Social, Human & Mathematical Sciences: Dr Jim Renshaw


Other relevant officers from Professional Services may be in attendance as appropriate to the business, including:

  • The Director of UK Recruitment and Outreach
  • The Director of International Recruitment
  • The Head of Institutional Research
  • The Assistant Director of Student & Academic Administration and Head of Student Systems and Operations
  • Faculty Academic Registrars
  • Recruitment and Admissions Team Leaders

Secretary: Mr David Brown

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