Who is delivering these changes?
The process of planning and implementing the new academic year structure has been overseen by a Project Implementation Group, which has met monthly in 2015-16.
The Group was chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and Students, and included representatives from each Faculty, from Professional Services, and from the Students’ Union sabbatical officers.
Assessment structures have been designed by the academic staff involved in teaching and managing the programmes of study.
Students have been, and will continue to be, consulted on these changes through Course Representatives and the Students’ Union.
Governance and Oversight
The Implementation Group reports formally to the University Executive Board, and to the Education Committee. The Education Committee reports to the Academic Council, which in turn reports to Senate, the University’s Governing Body.
The plans to change the structure of the academic year have been the subject of extensive discussion and consultation, and a wide range of stakeholders have expressed support for the project.
The table below gives details of key consultations to date:
|Stakeholder||Forum and Dates of Consultation|
|Head Teachers||Head Teachers’ Forum Meetings:
February, April and November 2015
|Employers||Employers’ Forum Meetings:
March, April and November 2015
|Students’ Union||Through membership at all meetings|
|Academic Year Structure Working Group
|At AYSWG Meetings in:
|Academic Board||At Meetings in:
|Academic Council||At Meetings in:
|Directors of Education||At Meetings in:
|Academic Staff||1. At School Board Meetings
2. At Education Committee Meetings (October 2014; March/May/October 2015)
3. At Academic Council Meetings
4. At Academic Board Meetings
5. At Presentations to Schools
|Student Council||Presentations by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and Students in February 2015 and December 2015|
|Careers Teachers||At a Meeting in March 2015