Learning and Teaching Committee - Learning and Teaching - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Learning and Teaching Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) leads learning and teaching strategy at the University. The LTC is a committee of the Academic Board. It takes a leadership position on quality assured teaching practice, and champions innovation in the use of technology in teaching.

The Committee promotes good teaching through, for example, an annual Teaching Week, celebrating the best of UC Teaching and giving tasters for teachers to try new approaches to teaching. The Committee also administers Teaching Development Grants, and makes annual Teaching Awards and awards the University Teaching Medal from time to time in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching.

The Committee conducts some of its work through its sub-committees:

The statement of principles, Teaching and Learning at Canterbury (PDF), outlines the University's approach to education. The Learning and Teaching Committee has oversight of the development, implementation and review of the University's Learning and Teaching Plan (Word, 69KB).

Each College has its own Learning and Teaching Committee or equivalent which can be accessed by UC staff via the following links on the intranet: Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law (under development), Science (under development)

Learning and Teaching Committee Membership

  •  Chair
    Dr Hamish Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Vice-Chancellor (ex officio)
    Dr Rod Carr
  • Director, Teaching and Learning (AVC Maori's Office)
    Dr Mary Boyce
  • Director of Learning Resources
    Ms Alex Hanlon (from 19 March 2012)
  • One Pro Vice-Chancellor nominated by the Vice-Chancellor
    Professor Jonathan le Cocq (from 1 April 2014)
  • Representative of the College of Arts, nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts
    Dr Alison Griffith (from 1 March 2014)
  • Representative of the College of Business and Law, nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Law
    Dr Ross James (from 1 May 2012)
  • Representative of the College of Education, nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
    Professor Nick Draper (from 1 January 2017)
  • Representative of the College of Engineering, nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Engineering
    Professor Tanja Mitrovic (from 1 July 2016)
  • Representative of the College of Science, nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science
    Professor Janet Carter (from 15 October 2016)
  • Representative of the Academic Services Group
    Dr Andrew Bainbridge-Smith (from 1 November 2014)
  • University Librarian or nominee
    Ms Anne Scott (from 1 April 2015)
  • Representative from the Digital Media Group
    Mr Nick Ford (from 21 July 2014)
  • Student Success Manager
    Ms Liz Keneti
  • One member elected by and from the academic staff members on the Academic Board
    Vacancy
  • One National Tertiary Teaching Award winner
    Dr Herb De Vries, Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
  • One Student Representative
    Ms Emily Barker
  • Co-opted Members
    Jon Harding, (Biological Sciences), Simon Dorset, (Law), Karen Mather, (Human Resources), Andy Keiller (ITS), Barry Brooker (Learning Environment Chair), Catherine Moran, (Dean (Academic Strategy))
  • Secretary
    Eleri Nugent
    eleri.nugent@canterbury.ac.nz

Terms of Reference

The Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) is a Standing Committee of the Academic Board and shall provide regular reports through Academic Board to the University Council.

The LTC will undertake the following either directly or through its sub-committees:
  • Lead learning and teaching strategy at the University
  • Develop and support a University-wide Learning and Teaching Plan
  • Take a leadership position on quality assured teaching practice
  • Promote and award teaching development grants
  • Champion innovation and the use of technology in teaching
  • Provide advice on professional development for all teachers throughout their career
  • Celebrate excellence in teaching through:
    1. The University Teaching medal
    2. Teaching awards at the University and National level
    3. An annual teaching week
    4. Sponsoring research into best practice for learning and teaching