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4.3 - 4.4 Academic Board and Committees

4.3 Academic Board

The Academic Board is established to oversee the academic provision of the University and to safeguard the Taught Degree Awarding Powers, granted by the Privy Council in 1999.

The Board is also responsible for ensuring a supportive research culture for staff to underpin learning and teaching and the student experience as well as monitoring satisfactory arrangements for research students in compliance with the University's Research Degree Awarding Powers which were conferred by the Privy Council in 2014 and with the accreditation agreement with the University of Southampton.

The Board is set up in accordance with the arrangements specified in paragraph 24 of the Articles of Association and comprises twelve management post holders, nine members of Academic Staff who are elected for three academic years plus three student members. The Constitution and Terms of Reference of the Academic Board are drawn from the University’s Articles of Association.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Minutes

4.4 Academic Board Committees

The Academic Standards Committee

The ASC is chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and is responsible, on behalf of the Academic Board, for the detailed arrangements relating to the planning, provision, delivery and timely evaluation of academic programmes.

Minutes, once approved, are presented to the Academic Board to support proposals regarding the appointment of External Examiners and the approval or re-approval of academic programmes together with monitoring Action Plans arising from both internal and external quality assurance procedures. Academic Programmes undergo a Periodic Review every five years to ensure they remain fit for purpose and are relevant to market needs. The ASC’s Minutes for the last five years are available in the downloads section.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Minutes

The Research Ethics Committee

The remit of the Research Ethics Committee is to approve Ethical proposals for student and staff work, subject to compliance with criteria agreed by the Academic Board. The Minutes are not publicly available but the Committee writes an Annual Report. The Reports for the last five years are available in the Downloads section.

The Research Ethics Committee monitors the University’s compliance with the Ethical Approval Framework.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Annual Reports

The Honorary Awards Committee

The Committee is chaired by a member of the Board of Governors and includes a second Governor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor  and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience). The Committee also includes a student representative. Three members of Academic Board serve for two years on a rotational basis.

Papers and Minutes are confidential to the Committee and are not publicly available. The Committee makes confidential recommendations to the Academic Board under the Reserved Section of the Board’s agenda. Recommendations remain confidential until they have been endorsed by the Board of Governors. Once nominees have formally accepted an invitation for an Honorary award, it can then be made public.

The criteria and process for appointment, together with a list of those who have been granted honorary awards are available via the links in the Downloads section.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Nomination Form including Criteria for awards

Previous award winners

The Learning and Teaching Committee

Excellence in Learning and Teaching is integral to the delivery of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate provision. The Learning and Teaching Committee is responsible for drafting the LandT Strategy and for overseeing its implementation to enhance provision.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) chairs the Committee. The 2014-20 Strategy is available to view here.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Minutes

 

The Research Committee

The Research Committee is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor; its purpose is to oversee and promote the University’s research strategy and ensure compliance with best governance practice in the arrangements for those studying for higher degrees in accordance with the University's Research Degree Awarding Powers which were conferred by the Privy Council in 2014, and with Accreditation Agreement for research awards with the University of Southampton (see information under paragraph 3.7).

Terms of Reference

Membership

Minutes

Research Strategy

Sabbatical Policy