Registrar's Office

Academic Council

Terms of Reference:

The following terms of reference are derived from the Regulation Governing the Powers of Academic Council, approved by Senate, 28 November 2006 (2006 SM 638).

(a)   Statute XI (3) states that, subject to the Charter and Statutes, the Academic Council shall have control of the internal academic affairs of the University, the scope of which shall be prescribed, from time to time, by Senate.
(b)   Academic Council shall have the following powers unless otherwise prescribed by the Senate:
    (i) Recognition to teach and examine at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
    (ii) To promote research within the University and to require reports, from time to time, on such research.
    (iii) To recommend to the Senate upon all proposals for the institution or abolition of degrees or other qualifications.
    (iv) Approval of Regulations/procedures in relation to academic collaborative arrangements with other institutions and organsiations.
    (v) To recommend to the Senate, the approval of individual courses of study provided in recognised institutions as equivalent to the whole, or defined part, of an approved course of study at the University.
    (vi) Approval of Regulations/procedures concerning internal and external programme review.
    (vii) The conferment of titles for Chairs. 
    (viii) The conferment of honorary academic titles.
    (ix) Appointment of examiners.
    (x) Appointment of teaching assistants.
    (xi) The determination of rules governing the award of fellowships, studentships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and other academic awards.
    (xii) To make Rules for admission and progress of students undertaking University courses of study, and for the good order of research and teaching in the University whether leading to academic awards or not, for the conduct of examinations, and for the conferment of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards.
    (xiii) Concessions to students.
    (xiv) Approval of Regulations/guidelines governing student conduct.
    (xv) To discuss and pronounce an opinion on any academic matter relating to the University, including any matter referred to it by the Senate.
    (xvi) To delegate any of its functions as it may, from time to time determine, to committees appointed by Academic Council.


Chair:    President and Vice-Chancellor    
Ex Officio:  

Heads of Schools
Institute Directors (not represented by Schools)
University College Principals
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
President, Students' Union

Other members:   Elected members of Academic Staff (the number not exceeding one half of the total Council membership)
Up to 6 co-opted members of Staff
3 Student representatives
In Attendance:   Relevant University Officers
Serviced by:    Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
Reports to:   Senate  
reports from:
  Academic Board
Central Students' Appeals Committee
Education Committee
Honorary Degrees Committee
Honorary Titles Group
PlanningĀ and Finance Committee
Research Committee

Academic Council meets three times each year, with extraordinary meetings held as required.