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Academic Board

Academic Board advises the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s academic and other activities. In particular it considers and advises on matters relating to awarding taught and research degrees. To help it carry out its duties, the Board delegates responsibility for some matters relating to quality management to its committees, as well as to Assessment Boards and Programme Committees.

Academic Board Committee Structure Chart

Terms of Reference

Subject to the provisions of the Articles of Government, to the overall responsibility of the Board of Governors, and to the responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor, the Academic Board is responsible:

(i) for general issues relating to the research, scholarship, learning and teaching and courses at the institution, including criteria for the admission of students; the appointment and removal of internal and external examiners; policies and procedures for assessment and examination of the academic performance of students; the content of the curriculum; academic standards and the validation and review of courses; the procedures for the award of qualifications and honorary academic titles; and the procedures for the expulsion of students for academic reasons, such responsibilities shall be subject where appropriate to the requirements of validating and accrediting bodies;

(ii) for considering the development of the academic and related activities of the University and the resources needed to support them and for advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors thereon;

(iii) for advising on such matters as the Board of Governors or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to the Academic Board.






Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Chief Operating Officer


The Pro-Vice-Chancellors


One Head of Department from each faculty, nominated by the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor (term of office: 2 years)


One Faculty Head of Education nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education (term of office: 2 years)


One Faculty Head of International nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor International (term of office: 2 years)


One Faculty Head of Research & Knowledge Exchange nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Knowledge Exchange (term of office: 2 years)


Three members of the Professoriate nominated by the Chair (term of office: 2 years)


One elected member of staff from each faculty (term of office: 2 years)


The President of the Students' Union


Students' Union Education Officer

Membership List 2018/19

Schedule of Delegated Authority

The Academic Board Schedule of Delegated Authority (updated version approved 8 November 2017) defines the responsibilities of the Academic Board, its sub-committees and named University Officers.

According to the terms of reference, the responsibility for the enactment, implementation and monitoring of operational procedures is delegated by the Academic Board to its Committees. However, the Academic Board is ultimately responsible for the actions and discussions taken by its Committees, Sub-committees or persons to whom it has delegated its responsibilities. The following responsibilities are retained by the Board and not delegated:

  • Determination of academic strategy and strategic planning;
  • Approval of policy;
  • Approval of policy statements;
  • Approval of Institutional Codes of Practice;
  • Approval of regulations;
  • Approval of documents prepared for institutional reviews;
  • Approval of substantial revisions to any of the above;
  • Approval of changes to terms of reference and composition of the Board's committees.


Academic Board meetings are generally held at least once a term on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm, unless otherwise stated.

Dates for 2018/19:

  • 10 October 2018
  • 7 November 2018
  • Friday 25 January 2019, 10am
  • 13 March 2019
  • Thursday 6 June 201, 9.30am
  • 10 July 2019 Reserve

Dates for all Academic Board and Committee meetings are available on the University Calendar.


All papers for Academic Board meetings should be submitted to the Governance & Secretariat Team 2 weeks before the meeting.

Deadlines for 2018/19 are:


Paper Deadline

10 October 2018

26 September 2018

7 November 2018

24 October 2018

25 January 2019

11 January 2019

13 March 2019

27 February 2019

6 June 2019

23 May 2019

10 July 2019

26 June 2019

Minutes and papers for previous Academic Board meetings are available on the Meeting Papers web page.

Academic Board Highlights

A report will be published each term following Academic Board meetings to update staff and students on the issues discussed. The reports are available from the Academic Board Highlights web page.

Academic Board Committees

Information on the committees that directly report to Academic Board can be found on the following web pages:

Further details on the University Committee Structure and terms of reference are available from the Committee Handbook, Appendix B: Committee Terms of Reference.

Information for Members

Information on responsibilities for members and links to various useful documents is available from the Information for Academic Board Members web page.

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