Committees and groups

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

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 personal circumstances on the performance of a student.

For more information, please email 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.

Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

Purpose

The Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC) oversees the development, implementation and enhancement of the University’s strategy and approach to learning, teaching, assessment and the student experience. It is responsible for the maintenance of UWE Bristol’s academic standards. LTSEC also supports the implementation of the University’s access and participation strategy under the direction of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Group. LTSEC is accountable to the Academic Board.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee Terms of Reference

Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee

Purpose

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) oversees the development, implementation and enhancement of the University’s strategy for and approach to research, knowledge exchange and enterprise. The Committee monitors the Graduate School Sub-Committee, the University Research Ethics Sub-Committee, Human Tissue Sub-Committee and Animal Welfare and Ethics Sub-Committee. The RKEC is accountable to the Academic Board.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Terms of Reference.

Faculty Boards – one per faculty

Purpose

Each Faculty Board is accountable to Academic Board and oversees the development, implementation and enhancement of the University’s strategy within the Faculty. Each board shapes the Faculty’s contribution into University-wide initiatives, providing a consultative forum through which representatives of Faculty staff provide advice to the wider Faculty Executive on matters related to Faculty performance.  

In conducting their business, Faculty Boards take direction from and report as required to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC) and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) in relation to matters within their respective areas of competence.

Contact: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Board Terms of Reference.

Employability and Student Enterprise Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Employability and Student Enterprise Sub-Committee (ESESC) is responsible for the development, implementation and reporting of the UWE Employability and Student Enterprise Plan. The committee is also responsible for the monitoring and review of progress on relevant performance indicators in the context of UWE Bristol’s 2030 Strategy. The ESESC is accountable to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC).

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Employability and Student Enterprise Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Strategic Partnerships Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Strategic Partnerships Sub-Committee (SPSC) exists to provide advice on opportunities and priorities for investment in the development of new and existing markets, academic partnerships and other strategic alliances. It is accountable to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC) and also advises LTSEC on academic partnership developments with particular focus on the financial, legal and reputational elements of these activities.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Strategic Partnerships Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Partnerships Quality Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Partnerships Quality Sub-Committee (PQSC) oversees the implementation of the University’s quality management and enhancement procedures as they relate to the delivery of collaborative provision, taking into account national or international policies, frameworks and expectations of best practice relating to academic partnerships for learning and teaching. PQSC is accountable to the Strategic Partnerships Sub-Committee (SPSC).

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Partnerships Quality Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Graduate School Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Graduate School Sub-Committee (GSSC) exists to support a high quality, sustainable postgraduate research student experience and have oversight of Graduate School processes and policies. GSSC is accountable to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, receives reports from and has the authority to steer Faculty Boards and, through them, Faculty Research Degree Committees, in relation to postgraduate research matters.
 
GSSC also reports to and takes direction from the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC) on matters regarding the general student experience at UWE Bristol.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Graduate School Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Research Ethics Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC) exists to protect research participants and promote the continuation of ethical research practice and standards across the University. RESC is accountable to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC). RESC has the authority to steer, through the RKEC, the work of Faculty Boards in relation to research ethics. Faculty Research Ethics Committees report directly to RESC on matters concerning individual cases.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Research Ethics Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Human Tissue Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Human Tissue Sub-Committee oversees the development and implementation of the University’s policies and procedures in relation to use of human tissue for research and teaching purposes at UWE Bristol. The committee is accountable to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC).

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Human Tissue Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Animal Welfare and Ethics Sub-Committee

Purpose

The Animal Welfare and Ethics Sub-Committee (AWESC) exists to develop and implement the University’s policies and procedures in relation to research, teaching and education with animals and animal by-products. AWESC is accountable to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC).

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Animal Welfare and Ethics Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees - one per faculty

Purpose

Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees (FRKECs) are responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s research and knowledge exchange strategy within the Faculty. They are also responsible for monitoring research and knowledge exchange performance across the Faculty, including reports on the outcome of submitted research bids. Each FRKEC also takes direction from and provides reports to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) on matters within its area of competence, including the management of individual cases.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees Terms of Reference.

Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committee - one per faculty

Purpose

Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committees (ASQCs) are accountable to the relevant Faculty Board and oversee the implementation of quality and standards for learning and teaching by academic departments within the Faculty and the student experience within the Faculty. Each ASQC also takes direction from and provides reports to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC) on matters within its area of competence.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committee Terms of Reference.

Programme Enhancement Review Panels

Purpose

Programme Enhancement Review (PER) Panels exist to oversee the re-approval of existing programmes, approval of new programmes or major changes to programmes considered as part of a Programme Enhancement Review, as set out in the Enhancement Framework. PER Panels are accountable to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (LTSEC).

Contact: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Programme Enhancement Review Panels Terms of Reference.

University Curriculum Panel

Purpose

The University Curriculum Panel (UCP) oversees the strategic management of the University’s academic portfolio, including the initial approval of proposals for new programmes, degree apprenticeships and major revisions to the existing academic portfolio within Faculties. 

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

University Curriculum Panel Terms of Reference.

University Validation Panel

Purpose

The University Validation Panel is accountable to the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee and exists to oversee the approval of new programmes or high impact changes to existing programmes as set out in the Enhancement Framework. It ensures that quality and standards are met and that curriculum is aligned to the Learning 2030 Strategy, Enhancement Framework and relevant external benchmarks.
 
Planned new programmes and high impact changes to existing curriculum should be aligned to and considered as part of a scheduled Programme Enhancement Review (PER) wherever possible and the PER schedule can be adapted accordingly. Where this is not possible or desirable, new programmes or high impact changes to curriculum will be considered by a University Validation Panel, convened for that purpose.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

University Validation Panel Terms of Reference.

Programme Management Committee

Purpose

Programme Management Committees (PMC) oversee the management of programmes and modules contributing to programmes/clusters and are accountable to the relevant Faculty Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC). PMCs have oversight of Student Representative Staff Forums (SRSFs) which report directly to the PMC. SRSFs are for all those involved in programme delivery including student representatives, to manage the programme and to share and enhance practice.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

The Terms of Reference for PMCs and SRSFs are currently under review. A copy of the Terms of Reference will be available on this webpage when they are finalised.

Faculty Curriculum Review Groups - one per faculty

Purpose

Faculty Curriculum Review Groups (FCRGs) are accountable to the relevant Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC) and have oversight of all Faculty curriculum development which has been deemed low or medium impact. FCRGs also identify and disseminate themes for consideration and/or practice which enhance the student learning experience.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Curriculum Review Terms of Reference.

Faculty Research Degrees Committees - one per faculty

Purpose

Faculty Research Degree Committees (FRDCs) are responsible for promoting high quality postgraduate research education across all disciplines within each Faculty and for the implementation of the University’s Enhancement Framework as it relates to Research Degrees. FRDCs are accountable via the relevant Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (FRKECs) to Faculty Board.

FRDCs implement policies and procedures for the assessment of Postgraduate Research Students and make recommendations for the approval of examination arrangements for individual students to the Research Degrees Award Board. Each FRDC also takes direction from and provides reports to the Graduate School Sub-Committee on matters within its area of competence.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Research Degrees Committees Terms of Reference.

Faculty Research Ethics Committees - one per faculty

Purpose

Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs) are accountable for the overall operation and management of research ethics within the Faculty. They are also accountable to the Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC) on matters concerning the ethical protection of human participants in research. FRECs are accountable via the relevant Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (FRKEC) to Faculty Board.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Faculty Research Ethics Committees Terms of Reference.

Degree Apprenticeship Board

Purpose

The purpose of the Degree Apprenticeship Board is to oversee, scrutinise and provide recommendations for the development, implementation and review of Degree Apprenticeship provision across the University.  It also reviews progress against and alignment with the Enhancement framework and principles of Learning 2030.

Officer: please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Degree Apprenticeship Board Terms of Reference.

Department Committees

Purpose

Department Committees meet outside of the formal Academic Governance Structure, however, they influence academic governance and have representation through Faculty Boards. Heads of Departments also have representation on Academic Board.

Officer: Please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

Departmental Committees Terms of Reference.

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 (ie 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 email 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.

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: Joanna Wallis.

Honorary Degrees Committee Terms of Reference.

Student Representative Staff Forums

Purpose

Student Representative 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 (eg student surveys and module feedback processes). The forums are also used to inform responses to students and other feedback (eg external examiners).

For more information please email Student and Academic Services at academicgovernance@uwe.ac.uk for information.

The Terms of Reference for PMCs and SRSFs are currently under review. A copy of the Terms of Reference will be available on this webpage when they are finalised.

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