Terms of Reference of the Dubai Academic Board

The Academic Committee will review and make recommendations to ensure that consistent academic standards and high quality student experiences are maintained in all programs and courses are maintained through:


  • Recommend, in conjunction with the colleges, disciplines, and third party providers, new subjects, new courses and courses changes to ACAC for approval.
  • Review and recommend admission requirements to ACAC (for approval from KHDA).
  • In conjunction with the disciplines, undertake a regular course review process, to improve the quality of teaching through regular use and review of subject/course evaluation surveys and report on any changes relating to the course structure or delivery methodology and report to Academic Quality
  • Monitoring of developments in the Dubai Education context


  • Design and review the student assessment validation, moderation, and examinations processes.
  • Quality assurance (equivalence, contextualization)


  • Regularly report to the MU Academic Council through the MU Academic Quality Committee, in conjunction with the relevant college L&T committees on students’ progress, attrition and completion rates; and surveys (SELTS and Graduate Destination).
  • Consider feedback, in conjunction with college LTCs, make recommendations and report to Academic Quality.
  • Receive reports and review statistics relating to student appeals against assessment, grievances, discipline and misconduct (academic and general).


  • Develop an annual Professional Development Plan for academic staff to ensure that professional and discipline based expertise is current and culturally significant; that teaching skills are maintained and updated; and that scholarly activity is undertaken.
  • Encourage a culture of scholarship and advise the Academic Quality Committee on procedures relating to teacher appointment and evaluation.
  • Recognition of teaching excellence, including cognizance of the teams (UC, teaching, materials)


  • Provide a forum and support (including funding opportunities) for the discussion of learning trends and teaching, issues and challenges, suitable for Dubai context.
  • Implement academic policies relating to all learning and teaching processes.
  • Monitor and review student support strategies implemented to ensure student success (language difficulties, academic support, intervention processes)
  • Undertake benchmarking activities


  • Professor Peter Waring
    Pro Vice Chancellor Transnational Education & Singapore Dean (Chair)
  • Dr James Trotter
    Dubai Dean (Deputy Chair)
  • Ms Jenny Crawford
    Manager, TNE
  • Professor Peter Davies
    Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation
  • Mr Kelly Smith
    Pro Vice Chancellor International
  • Dr Maeve Berry
    Academic staff representative, College of Law, Arts and Social Sciences 
  • Dr Ingrid O'Brien
    Academic Chair representative, College of Business
  • Associate Professor Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin
    Academic staff representative, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Dr Andrea Steele
    Academic staff representative, College of Health and Education
  • Dr Ashleigh Prosser
    Professional Learning Team representative
  • Mr Mark Brown
    General Manager, Navitas
  • Ms Faiza Qureshi
    Learning and Teaching representative, Navitas
  • Mr Salih Ismail
    Discipline Lead (Information Technology)
  • Mr Joseph Nalloor
    Discipline Lead (Communication)
  • Dr Leena Wanganoo
    Discipline Lead (Business)
  • Ms Rishha Nivea
    UG student representative
  • Ms Madina Tleugabyl
    PG student representative
  • Ms Keary Shandler
    MU Alumni representative

Notes on Membership:

  • Academic Chair representatives are appointed by the Chair, on a 4 meeting/18 month staggered rotation
  • The Dubai Discipline Lead representative is appointed by the Chair, on a 4 meeting/18 month staggered rotation


Ms Tamara Martin
University Secretary's Office


3 times per year