Academic Services

Task Group

Task group remit, membership and consultation.


The group was tasked to make recommendations to Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) on the following:

  • Objectives and priorities - a set of specific objectives and priorities for the University in relation to promoting inclusion, equality and diversity in the curriculum;
  • Institutional and disciplinary roles - the appropriate balance between institutional leadership and support, and discipline-specific activities;
  • Institutional activities - an appropriate and proportionate range of activities to be undertaken at institutional level over the next 2 to 3 years.


The membership of the Task Group was as follows:

  • Professor Jane Norman (Convener) - Vice-Principal People and Culture;
  • Professor Rowena Arshad - Head of Moray House School of Education;
  • Katrina Castle - Acting Head of Widening Participation;
  • Dr Jeni Harden - Senior Lecturer, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences;
  • Rachel Hosker- Archives Manager and Deputy Head of Special Collections Centre for Research Collections;
  • Dr Velda McCune - Deputy Director, Institute for Academic Development;
  • Professor Nasar Meer - School of Social and Political Sciences;
  • James Mooney - Access and Outreach Development Director in Centre for Open Learning;
  • Diva Mukherji - Students’ Association Vice-President Education;
  • Dr Niamh Shortt - Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Science and Engineering;
  • Tom Ward - Director of Academic Services.


The Task Group developed a set of draft Principles and an initial set of recommendations and then consulted with the following groups of staff and students in regard to these and the project agenda more generally:

  • Heads of Schools and Directors of Teaching – were asked for their thoughts on how the University should approach the issues, and to identify any recent or current projects and any other institutions that the University could learn from;
  • Experienced Teachers Network – the Institute for Academic Development network was invited to discuss the issues;
  • Student Focus Groups – Students’ Association-facilitated discussions were held with three separate groups of students: School student representatives; members of the Students’ Associations’ liberation groups; and a group of students from the ‘Students Panel’.
  • Colleges - College-led discussions were held with relevant committees (for example, College Learning and Teaching Committees).