Committees and groups

The Academic Board delegates responsibility to a number of sub-committees and groups.

Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to the Academic Board for the enhancement of the University’s approach to learning, teaching and assessment, the student experience and the maintenance of the University’s academic standards.  AQEC is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (LTSE) (the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is Executive Chair) and includes Associate Deans and relevant Associate Heads of Departments from all Faculties as well as student representatives.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee Terms of Reference

Academic Standards and Quality Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to the Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee (delegated authority from Academic Board) for oversight of the implementation of the University’s Quality Management and Enhancement Framework by Departments as it relates to taught provision, and take an overview of the student experience within the Faculty. They oversee the internal monitoring, evaluation and review of all taught provision including collaborative provision owned by the Faculty and identify and disseminate practice which enhances the student learning experience. The Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) chair the committee with membership including Programme Managers, Scheme Directors, Heads of Department and Student Representatives.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Academic Standards and Quality Committee Terms of Reference

Departmental Committees

Purpose

To be responsible to the relevant Academic Standards and Quality Committee for implementation of the University’s quality and standards mechanisms as it relates to taught provision within the department. They have responsibility for the student experience within the department and act as a forum for programme related issues across the department emanating from the programme management committees. They are chaired by the Head of Department and membership includes Programme Managers and Student Representatives.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Departmental Committees Terms of Reference

Graduate School Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (and where appropriate, the Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee) for the implementation of the Graduate School, its processes and policies with the aim of supporting a sustainable, high-quality postgraduate research student experience at the University. The committee is chaired by the Graduate School Director and includes Faculty Directors of Research and representatives from the Professoriate.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information

Graduate School Committee Terms of Reference

Student Rep Staff Forums

Purpose

Student Rep Staff Forums are the forum for dialogue between students and staff on matters relating to the student experience which are within the remit of that programme or programme cluster. The Forum is responsible for advising departmental committees on the student experience within the Department. The SRSFs will normally be chaired by the Programme or Cluster Manager or in a number of cases the chair will be shared with the Student Representatives.

The focus of the forums is to provide opportunities for both initial consideration of matters based on student feedback, and wider consideration of matters developed outside of the student representative system (e.g. student surveys and module feedback processes). The forums are also used to inform responses to students and other feedback (e.g. external examiners).

For more information please e-mail Academic Services.

Student Rep Staff Forums Terms of Reference

Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to Academic Board for the development and implementation of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategies, including the University’s strategy for the Research Excellence Framework submission. The committee monitors faculty research and exchange performance, including that of the University’s Research Centres and Institutes. The committee is chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and members include Associate Deans (Research) and members of the Professoriate.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Terms of Reference

Research and Knowledge Exchange (Business Engagement) Committee (one per faculty)

Purpose

To be responsible to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee for the development and implementation of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategies within the Faculty. The committee monitors Faculty research and exchange performance, including research centres and institutes. The committee receives and approves reports on the outcome of submitted research bids. Committees are chaired by the Associate Dean (Research).

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Research and Knowledge Exchange (Business Engagement) Committee Terms of Reference

Research Degrees Committees (one per Faculty)

Purpose

Research Degrees Committees are responsible to the Graduate School Committee for promoting high quality postgraduate research education across all disciplines. To be responsible to the AQEC for implementation of the University’s Quality Management and Enhancement Framework as it relates to Research Degrees. The committee implements policies and procedures for the assessment of PGR students and makes recommendations for the approval of examination arrangements for PGR students to the Research Degrees Award Board. Committees are chaired by the Research Degree Director (or equivalent) and members include appropriate Associate Deans and Associate Heads of Department.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Research Degrees Committees Terms of Reference

University Research Ethics Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee for the protection of Research Participants and the promotion of and continuation of good research practice and standards across the University. It is responsible for the development and review of policy, procedures and guidelines for ethical review of all research with human participation or utilising human derived material conducted by academic staff and students. The committee has oversight of Faculty Research Ethics Committee approvals and considers an annual report from these committees. The committee is chaired by a member of staff nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and includes members of the Faculty Research Ethics Committees.

Officer: Leigh Taylor

University Research Ethics Committee Terms of Reference

Research Ethics Committee (one per Faculty)

Purpose

To be responsible to the University Research Ethics Committee for the protection of research participants and the promotion of and continuation of good research practice and standards across the Faculty. The Committee considers applications from members of Faculty to carry out research involving human participants and/or tissue along with the monitoring of research undertaken by students in respect to ethical practice. Chairs are nominated by the Executive Dean.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Research Ethics Committee Terms of Reference

Curriculum Approval Panels

Purpose

Responsible to Academic Board for the approval of new programmes and modules and for the approval of revisions to approved programmes and modules.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Curriculum Approval Panels Terms of Reference

Collaborative Provision1 Committee

Purpose

To be responsible to the Academic Board for the oversight of the implementation of the University’s quality management and enhancement procedures as it relates to collaborative provision (including study abroad partners). The committee is also responsible for the oversight of the management of the relationships ensuring the partnerships are conducted in accordance with QAA and HEFCE expectations and making recommendations to Academic Board on the quality, standards, strategy and implementation of collaborative provision. The committee works closely with the Global Executive Group in establishing and monitoring the partnerships with Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committees on the Faculty management of its collaborative provision. The Committee is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is Executive Chair) and includes the Associate Deans (Partnerships) as members.

1Collaborative Provision as defined by the Quality Assurance Agency: “...educational provision leading to an award, or to specific credit toward an award, of an awarding institution delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through an arrangement with a partner organisation ...”

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Collaborative Provision Committee terms of reference

Award Board (one per modular scheme)

Purpose

To be responsible to Academic Board for the decisions relating to: the eligibility of students for awards, including intermediate and default awards, within their jurisdiction and the effect of approved extenuating circumstances on the performance of a student.

For more information, please e-mail the relevant Faculty and Programme Assessment Team:

The terms of reference, membership and quorum of Award Boards are defined in the Academic Regulations and Procedures.

Field Board (typically one per field)

Purpose

To be responsible to Academic Board for the decisions relating to the consideration and approval module marks and award credit (i.e. they are module facing) and ensuring assessments are conduced and scrutinised in accordance with the Academic Regulations and Procedures. Field Boards also determine the impact of adverse circumstances on cohorts, or identifiable groups of students.

For more information, please e-mail the relevant Faculty and Programme Assessment Team:

The terms of reference, membership and quorum of Award Boards are defined in the Academic Regulations and Procedures.

Research Degrees Award Board

Purpose

The Research Degrees Award Board will receive the recommended outcome from the viva voce examination alongside outcomes in taught modules from field boards and on this basis will make recommendations for the award of the appropriate research degree.

The terms of reference, membership and quorum of Award Boards are defined in the Academic Regulations and Procedures.

Officer: Helen Jackson

Honorary Degrees Committee

Purpose

The Honorary Degrees Committee has delegated responsibility from Academic Board and the Board of Governors for the scrutiny and approval of nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees.

Officer: Michael Small

Honorary Degrees Committee Terms of Reference

Widening Participation and (Schools and Colleges) Partnerships Committee

Purpose

The Widening Participation and (Schools and Colleges) Partnerships Committee is responsible to AQEC for the management of the University’s Widening Participation Strategy, the Access Agreement and Schools and Colleges Partnerships. The group is chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) and includes representatives from both faculties and services.

Officer: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Widening Participation and Partnerships Committee Terms of Reference

Programme Management Committee

Purpose

The Programme Management Committee have been reintroduced for 2013/14 to provide a forum for all those involved in the delivery to manage the programme and share practice. They will report to the Department Committee. Input from collaborative partners or external stakeholders is also required. They will be chaired by the programme or cluster manager and include key staff who are involved in the delivery of the programme(s). They will not include Student Representatives although will meet at least once a year with the Student Rep Staff Forums.

Contact: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Programme Management Committee Terms of Reference.

Faculty Board

Purpose

Faculty Board is a deliberative forum used to consult on issues such as University strategy, the impact of sector changes on the University or ‘hot topics’ across the University/faculty.

Through their links to Academic Board, they are designed to improve the quality of advice available to the Vice-Chancellor at Academic Board, as well as support the improvement of the staff voice within the institution.

Contact: Please e-mail Academic Services for information.

Faculty Board Terms of Reference.

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