University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Excellence Forum


The University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Excellence Forum reports to SEC via the Chair and to each school’s SEC via the respective L&T Excellence Coordinator.

Frequency of forum meetings:

Minimum 4 times per year.


  • Chair: Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching
  • School Learning and Teaching (L&T) Excellence Coordinators
  • Head of Learning Technology
  • Head of CfAP
  • Head of Academic Practice
  • National Teaching Fellows
  • Representative of the Students’ Union with responsibility for L&T
  • ‘School embedded’ Learning Technologists or key contact for learning technology within each school

Terms of reference:

  1. To promote, celebrate and raise the profile of L&T across the University.
  2. To provide a collegiate environment for the discussion and critique of L&T issues across the University.
  3. To nurture and disseminate innovation, creativity and good practice in L&T, and thereby to contribute towards the enhancement of L&T, including technology-enhanced learning.
  4. To identify L&T-related strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across the University, and put forward enhancement mechanisms to the University Student Experience Committee (SEC) where appropriate.
  5. To represent and refer views on L&T-related issues to the Schools and University Student Experience Committees.
  6. To promote and generate mutual contributions to Schools’ L&T days and other relevant events.
  7. To contribute to the implementation of the Staff Development Plan (for example, via special sessions), as appropriate. This could include participation in the PGCTHE, the PGCert in Research Supervision and other programmes.
  8. To organise an annual L&T Conference.
  9. To offer guidance in relation to national policies (such as Chapter B3 of the QAA Quality Code for HE) and their implications for practice.
  10. To promote the enhancement of practice-based, distance, blended and e-learning opportunities, practices and associated challenges at all levels of provision.
  11. To identify bidding opportunities and support internal and external pedagogical research and learning innovation projects, including publication of outputs and other forms of dissemination.
  12. To provide input into the student-led Teaching Excellence Awards.