Academic & Student Affairs

Committees

The core academic committee schedule for 2016-17 can be accessed here.

Recent academic committee papers and minutes can be accessed here. (Internal access only)

Further information on all University committees is available here.

The University’s governing body is Senate which is responsible for the ongoing strategic direction of the University, the management and administration of its revenue and property and general conduct of its affairs.  Senate has delegated responsibility for academic governance to Academic Council.  A Scheme of Delegation covers all the Sub-Committees of Academic Council.

Academic Council

The Academic Council has, by Charter and Statute and subject to the powers of Senate, control of the internal academic affairs of the University, including both teaching and research.   It is ultimately responsible for the quality and standards of all degrees and courses.   It is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and consists of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of Schools and Institutes, Principals of University Colleges, the Registrar, the President of the Students’ Union, three student representatives, members of academic staff elected by Schools, and up to six co-opted members, currently the Director of Information Services, the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Director of Marketing, Recruitment, Communications and Internationalisation.

It is serviced by, and contacted through, Academic Affairs.

Research and Postgraduate Committee

The Research and Postgraduate Committee promotes and encourages high quality research in the University.  It considers all aspects of University policy, regulations and training for postgraduate research students and oversees processes to ensure the quality and standards of research degree programmes.  The Committee advises Academic Council on the development and implementation of research strategy, including the identification of opportunities for external collaboration.                 

The Research and Postgraduate Committee is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Postgraduates) and consists of the Director of Research and Enterprise, the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Deans of Research, Deans of Postgraduates, six Heads of School, nine Directors of Research/Global Research Institute/Pioneer Research Programme leads, Chair University Research Ethics Committee, Chair of the Research Governance and Integrity Committee and two student members.  The Chair of the Collaborative Provision Group and the Chair of the Courses and Regulations Group may also be in attendance if required.

It is serviced by, and contacted through, the Directorate of Research and Enterprise.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is a pro-active and strategic body responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the University’s Education Strategy and other related strategies.  The Committee also has responsibility for the monitoring and enhancement of the quality and standards of learning, teaching, assessment and curricula of the subject areas leading to an award of the University, including collaborative arrangements.  The Education Committee considers and approves the University’s General Regulations.

The Education Committee is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) and consists of the Deans of Education, Deans of Postgraduates, the Dean of the Graduate School, three Heads of School, Principals of University Colleges, Director of the Institute of Theology, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Director of Information Services, Director of Marketing, Recruitment, Communications and Internationalisation, three Directors of Education/University College equivalent, the Chair of the Collaborative Provision Group, the Chair of the Courses and Regulations Group, two student members, and up to three nominated members.

It is serviced by, and contacted through, Academic Affairs. 

The Education Committee reports to Academic Council.   It receives reports from the Courses and Regulations Group, the Collaborative Provision Group, Scholarships and Awards Group, Academic Board, the Supporting Student Attainment Action Group, Directors of Education Forum and the Disability Forum.

Courses and Regulations Group

The Courses and Regulations Group is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Academic Affairs.  Its main roles are, to keep under review regulations for taught University awards, to ensure the consistency of regulations throughout the University, and to scrutinise and approve academic aspects of proposals for new programmes and awards and major changes to existing programmes.  In addition, it monitors and oversees the University’s flexible and distributed learning activity, and oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of RPL and CATS.

The Courses and Regulations Group is chaired by a Dean of Education and consists of the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, six Directors of Education, three Directors of Research, six members of academic staff, three School Managers/University College equivalent, one student member and up to five nominees.

The Courses and Regulations Group reports to the Education Committee in relation to taught programmes and the Research and Postgraduate Committee in relation to research programmes and regulations.

Collaborative Provision Group

The Collaborative Provision Group is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Academic Affairs.   Its main role is to consider and recommend proposals relating to University collaborative arrangements, regionally, nationally and internationally, and the University’s Access programmes.  It also oversees and monitors the operational links between the University and its collaborative partnerships.  It is chaired by a Dean of Internationalisation and consists of the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, three Directors of Education, three University Coordinators, three Directors of Research, three members of academic staff drawn from grade categories, Head of Academic Affairs, Director of the Institute of Theology, Head of International Office, University Access Co-ordinator, one student member and up to three nominees.

The Collaborative Provision Group reports to the Education Committee in relation to taught programmes and the Research and Postgraduate Committee in relation to research programmes.

Postgraduate Research Academic Review Group

The Postgraduate Research Academic Review Group is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Academic Affairs.  Its main role is to make recommendations to the Research and Postgraduate Committee for the approval of strategies, policies, institutional objectives and rules relating to the review of outcomes of quality assurance processes in Schools, and to consider the Annual Review of Research Degree Programmes.

Scholarships and Awards Group

The Scholarships and Awards Group is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Academic Affairs.  Its main role is to allocate and administer centrally funded prizes, scholarships and awards and to approve new and amendments to existing rules governing the terms, value and tenure of various University awards.  The Scholarships and Awards Group reports to the Education Committee. 

Honorary Titles Group

The Honorary Titles Group is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Academic Affairs. The Group considers recommendations for honorary titles and keeps under review the criteria, academic profiles and procedures for the award of honorary titles.

It is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), and membership consists of the three Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

The Honorary Titles Group reports to Academic Council.  

Academic Board

Academic Board functions as a central University Staff/Student Consultative Committee.  The purpose of the meetings is to discuss issues, especially those related to learning and teaching, which relate to central University provision or policy.  Academic Board is serviced by, and can be contacted through, Student Affairs.

It is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), and membership consists of student representatives and staff members, including the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, the Director of Information Services, and the Director of Student Plus.  It reports to the Education Committee. 

Staff/Student Consultative Committee

It is a University requirement that every School and Institute must establish at least one Staff/Student Consultative Committee Regulations (SSCC).  The purpose of SSCCs is:

  1. To ensure that Schools and Institutes receive evaluation and feedback from students on the quality of their academic provision and associated activities.
  2. To provide a mechanism whereby Heads of Schools and Institutes can seek the views of students on matters of policy related to course development and review.
  3.  To enable discussion of areas of concern for students in terms of academic provision and related activities.         

An SSCC will be made up of equal numbers of the academic staff and students of the School.  The students who serve on SSCCs, the “Course Reps” as they are called, are elected by their peers.  The students of each School shall also elect a School Representative, who shall act as the student chair or co-chair of their SSCC.