About the Academic Board

The role of the Academic Board is to approve academic policies, oversee the academic standards and quality of the academic activity, authorise awards of the University and provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on the strategic direction of UWE Bristol's academic activity.


The Academic Board provides the Board of Governors with assurance that our academic strategy is fit for purpose and approves new additions and revisions to academic policy. It has oversight of all academic provision through the Academic Regulatory Framework and the quality management and enhancement mechanisms. 

The Academic Board is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and is made up of 50 per cent Executive members and 50 per cent non-Executive members. The majority of the non-Executive members will be elected from the academic and student community


The Academic Board routinely conducts elections to populate its own membership and that of its committees. Elections will be announced through weekly e-news and other channels.

Terms of Reference

Subject to the requirements of validation and accrediting bodies, the Academic Board is responsible for:

  • directing our Academic Strategy
  • appointing external examiners and determining their conditions of service
  • setting mechanisms for assuring quality and standards of the provision and experience
  • approving and regulating schemes of study and assessment leading to University awards
  • granting degrees, honorary degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards to persons who have pursued a scheme of study approved by the Academic Board, and passed the assessment of the University, satisfying the examiners
  • prescribing conditions under which persons may be admitted to the University and any scheme of study or research, and to determine by Regulations or otherwise, the conditions under which students shall be permitted to continue their studies in the University
  • approving the Regulations
  • regulating the discipline of students of the University
  • receiving reports of the proceedings of its sub-committees and to give directions to, and consider recommendations from such committees
  • considering the development of the academic activities of the University and the resources needed to support them, and for advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors accordingly
  • advising on such other matters as the Board of Governors or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to the Academic Board
  • establishing such committees as it considers necessary for carrying out its responsibilities, and may delegate powers to such committees provided that each establishment and delegation is approved by the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors. The number of members of any such committee and the terms on which they are to hold and vacate office shall be determined by the Academic Board. All committees of the Academic Board shall include students of the University, unless the business of the committee includes matters relating to any named or identifiable member of staff, prospective member of staff, student or prospective student, and the Academic Board determines that it would be inappropriate for students to be members of that committee.


Minimum number of members that must be present to constitute a valid meeting (Quorum): one third of members eligible to attend.

Frequency of meetings: five per year

For more information, please email academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk.

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