Learning and teaching leadership

Governance and committees

A number of the University's formal committees are supported by APSE, including:

  • Senate Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Quality and Scrutiny Sub-Committee
  • Committee for Collaborative Provision
  • Apprenticeship Education Oversight Group
  • Faculty Learning and Teaching Committees

An overview of committees, their responsibilities and information about how they work together can be found on the central governance web pages.

In addition APSE provides support for other groups and fora related to learning and teaching. These include:

  • Learning and Teaching Strategy Group (LTSG)
  • Learning and Teaching Cabinet
  • Teaching Leadership Forum
  • Elevate Advisory Group

Teaching leadership

Professional service teams and individuals within APSE work closely with appointed academic staff at both Faculty and departmental level to implement L&T priorities across the University.

Institutional level

Professor Mary Vincent, Interim Vice-President for Education

Mary takes the lead for ensuring excellence and innovation in teaching and learning for students including undergraduate, postgraduate, overseas students and those studying for University of Sheffield qualifications overseas.

Professor Kate Morris, Deputy Vice-President for Education

Kate works closely with Mary to support developing the student experience including widening participation, regional partnerships, apprenticeship education and employment, student support, equality, pedagogy and professional development.

Professor Harm Askes, Deputy Vice-President for Education

Harms also works closely with Mary leading on employability, educational spaces & IT, digital education, external performance measures, sustainability and the International College

Faculty Level

Faculty Directors of Learning and Teaching (FDLTs)

FDLTs are responsible for ensuring teaching within their Faculty’s departments is engaging and well-rounded, and that programmes are developed and delivered using the Programme Level Approach.


FDLT contact details here.

Departmental level

Directors of Learning and Teaching (DLTs)

DLTs work closely with FDLTs to ensure that priorities are carried out by staff in departments.

DLT contact details here.

Programme Level Approach (PLA) Leaders

PLA Leaders are members of academic teaching staff who are responsible for ensuring that PLA is progressed and its benefits maximised within their department.

PLA lead contact details here.