UK Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers

The UK Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP), is a committee within the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. It is responsible for considering applications for degree awarding powers and university title (DAP/UT), and providing confidential advice via the Board to the Privy Council. All applications for new universities must be approved by the Committee.[1]


ACDAP is responsible for considering applications for degree awarding powers and university title (DAP/UT). No organisation may award degrees or call itself a university in the UK unless authorised to do so by the government via the committee.[2] There are three levels of DAP - Foundation, Teaching, and Research DAPs. It also oversees the criteria and scrutiny processes used to assess applications.


The Committee's membership comprises the independent Chair, two Board members, seven members with current or recent UK DAP experience, two members with experience within a professional body, one member with a background in College Higher Education and one student member. Two more members may added to the Committee to bring other relevant expertise.

Chair Andrew Ramsay Former Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Council[1]
Professor Phil Cardew Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Leeds Beckett University[1]
Professor Aldwyn Cooper Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Regent's University, London[1]
Dr Vanessa Davies Director General of the Bar Standards Board[1]
Charles Hunt Vice-Chancellor, University College of Osteopathy[1]
Anne Lambert Board Member, Competition and Markets Authority[1]
Professor Jane Longmore Vice-Chancellor, University of Chichester[1]
Professor Lorna Milne Senior Vice-Principal (Proctor), University of St Andrews[1]
Luke Myer Vice President, Edge Hill Students’ Union[1]
Dorothea Ross-Simpson Head of Academic Quality and Student Conduct, Keele University[1]
Professor Alan Speight Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Hull[1]
Jenny Taylor IBM UK Foundation Leader, IBM (UK)[1]
Philip Wilson
Dr Steve Wright Director of Higher Education, Nelson and Colne College[1]


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