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Membership 2023/24

Chair (Nominee of the Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences)


Deputy Chairs

Fiona Wallace

Will Haywood

Deputy Chair (External Relations)

Professor Olympia Palikara

Two representatives from each department of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Sarah Dahl (Education Studies, School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences)

Dr Sanjay Sharma (CIM)

Dr Nalita James (CLL, School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences)

Professor Caroline Elliott (Economics)

Dr Claudia Rei (Economics)

Dr Thomas Crowther (Philosophy)

Dr Andrew Huddleston (Philosophy)

Dr Philippe Blanchard (PAIS)

Dr Julia Welland (PAIS)

Dr Lynne Pettinger (Sociology)

Dr Cath Lambert (Sociology)

Dr Margaret O'Brien (Law)

Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner (Law)

Professor Jacky Swan (WBS)

Professor Mark Johnson (WBS)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Professor Jon Coaffee

Institute for Employment Research

Dr Katharina Sarter

Academic Development Centre

Dr Jennie Mills

Warwick Foundation Studies

Fiona Wallace

Dr Amy Stickels

One Undergraduate Student From the Faculty of Social Sciences

Caleb Heather

Otto Oldridge

One Postgraduate Taught Student from the Faculty of Social Sciences


One Postgraduate Research Student from the Faculty of Social Sciences


One Representative from each of the other Faculties

Dr Marta Guerriero (Arts)

Professor James Tresilian (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Faculty of Social Sciences Senior Tutor

Dr Mark Pulsford

Faculty Student Engagement Coordinator (In Attendance)

Will Haywood

Faculty Widening Participation Coordinator (In Attendance)

Claire Edden

Faculty Director of Administration (In Attendance)

Jackie Clarke

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Terms of Reference

(a) To consider Faculty-level implementation of the University Education Strategy

(b) To work with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Chairs of the Boards of the Faculties, Academic Directors and others to develop Faculty-level approaches to key themes such as Employability, Assessment, Joint Degrees, Feedback and other strategic and topical Education matters

(c) To develop and share best practice, enabling all departments to learn from the experience of the best across a range of areas of practice

(d) To make recommendations to the Board of the Faculty in relation to the development of Education policy and practice

(e) To consider departmental progress towards enhancing the student experience, including as recognised in sector metrics

(f) To contribute to ensuring that Faculty-level education provision remains cutting edge and attractive in a competitive marketplace

(g) To advise and report to the Board of the Faculty on all matters relating to the organisation of teaching including curricula, assessment, examinations and wider student experience

(h) To consider periodic reports from Faculty Education Chairs (appointed to represent the Faculty on examination PRPs and appeals committees Investigating Committees; Continuation of Registration Committees and to approve requests from students for unusual options/variations to curricula/variations to methods of assessment and reports from examiners on research theses) on issues arising for broader education strategy

(i) To discharge the above responsibilities across all levels of study

Reporting Structure

The Faculty Education Committee (Social Sciences) reports to the Faculty Board (Social Sciences).

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Gabriella Bersanetti, Senior Policy Advisor (Education), EPQ

Assistant Secretary: Michelle Kitchen, Education Policy and Quality

(EFSS at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Papers for consideration by the Faculty Education Committee (Social Sciences) should be submitted to the Secretary three weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Faculty Education Committee (Social Sciences) can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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