Academic Board

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Council

Purpose

Academic Board is the principal academic authority within the College committee system.

It is responsible for overseeing all academic and research business at the College, and providing assurance to Council that the College is striving for and maintaining the highest provision.

Academic Board is made up of representatives from all stakeholders across the College and is chaired by the Warden.

The Board has 11 sub-committees to which it delegates various areas of its responsibilities for focused scrutiny, support and action.

Terms of Reference

The Academic Board has no single Terms of Reference document. Its Terms of Reference are derived from a collection of statements in the Charter, the Statutes and the Ordinances, the provisions of which are brought together below for convenience:

The role of Academic Board is defined in general terms by the Charter (Paragraph 7):

7. There shall be an Academic Board of the College (hereinafter referred to as "the Academic Board") which, subject to the powers of the Council as provided in this Our Charter and the Statutes and to the Statutes and Regulations of the University, shall be responsible for the academic work of the College in teaching, examining and research.

The powers of Council as defined in the Charter & Statutes (Statute 4) make other more detailed references relevant to the position of Academic Board. In particular, "before determining any question or taking any decision on the allocation of resources which the Council considers to affect the academic policy of the College, the Council shall seek the advice of the Academic Board."

The Statutes also contain the following requirements specifically in relation to the Academic Board:

Academic Board: Composition & Membership 2021-22

Note: The Composition (Constitution) of Academic Board is defined in the Statutes (Statute 6), and may therefore only be changed with the permission of the Privy Council, acting on a recommendation from the College Council. Some details of the Statutory provisions follow the list of members below.

In the membership list, expiries of terms of office are 31 August in the year mentioned, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Statute 6 also provides for the following:

The Academic Board shall have the power to co-opt up to two appropriately qualified persons for such period as it shall determine, except that such members shall not remain co-opted members for a seventh consecutive year.

Class 1 and Class 2 members of the Academic Board shall remain members for so long as they hold the relevant office.

Class 3 members shall hold office according to the Standing Orders of the College, subject to any specific arrangements prescribed for Academic Board by Ordinance.

Class 4 members shall remain members for a period of one year but shall be eligible for re-election for a further period.

Elected members of the Academic Board including student members shall cease to be members of the Board if they cease to be eligible in the categories in which they were elected. A student member shall vacate office immediately upon ceasing to be a student.

Casual vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the Standing Orders of the College, subject to any specific arrangements prescribed for Academic Board by Ordinance.

Powers of the Academic Board

  1. The Academic Board shall be the body responsible for the academic work of the College in teaching, in examining and in research, excluding matters relating to the allocation of resources.
  2. The powers of the Academic Board shall be prescribed by the Ordinances.

Meetings of the Academic Board

  1. The Academic Board shall meet not less than once in each term.
  2. The quorum for a meeting of Academic Board shall be twenty, or such larger number as the Council may from time to time prescribe.

As indicated by the quotation from Statute 7 above, the main statement of the Powers of Academic Board is found in Ordinances. The relevant Ordinances are 4-5.

Members

Class 1: ex officio members

CompositionMembership
Chair: Warden Professor Frances Corner
Deputy Chair: Pro-Warden (Learning, Teaching and Enhancement) Professor Elisabeth Hill
Pro-Warden (Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange) Professor David Oswell
Students' Union President Sara Bafo

Class 2

Heads of Department

CompositionMembership
Anthropology Elena Gonzalez-Polledo (to 2023) 
Art Professor Richard Noble (to 2021) 
Computing Dr Jennifer George (to 2021)
Design Duncan Fairfax (to 2024)
Educational Studies Dr Anna Carlile (to 31 December 2022)  
English and Creative Writing  Professor Jane Desmarais (to 2024) 
History Professor Richard Grayson (to 2023) 
Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Gerald Lidstone (to 2024)
Institute of Management Studies Dr Ragupathy Venkatachalam (to 2024)
Law Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos (to 2022) 
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Professor Des Freedman (to 2023) 
Music Dr Lauren Redhead (to 2022)
Politics and International Relations Dr Simon Griffiths (to 2023)
Psychology Dr Jose Van Velzen (to 2023)
Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies Professor Claudia Bernard (to 2023)
Sociology Professor Monica Greco (to 2024)
Theatre and Performance Dr Ben Levitas (to 2022)
Visual Cultures Dr Wood Roberdeau (to 2022)

Class 3: Elected members other than students

One member of the Academic Staff elected by the Academic Staff from each Academic Department.

Academic Departments

CompositionMembership
Anthropology Dr Henrike Donner (to 2023 eot)
Art Professor Stephen Johnstone (to 2024)
Computing Dr Dan McQuillan (to 2023)
Design Matthew Ward (to 2024)
Educational Studies Alison Griffiths (to 2022) 
English and Creative Writing Professor Andreas Kramer (to 2024)
History Dr Rebekah Lee (to 2022)
Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Professor Victoria Alexander (to 2024)
Institute of Management Studies to be determined
Law Dr Dagmar Myslinska (to 2022) 
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Dr Clea Bourne (to 2022)
Music Dr Holly Rogers (to 2024)
Politics and International Relations Dr Elizabeth Evans (to 2023)
Psychology Professor Lauren Stewart (to 2022)
Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies Dr Naomi Thompson (to 2024 eot)
Sociology Dr Martin Savranksy (to 2022)
Theatre and Performance Professor Anna Furse (to 2023 eot)
Visual Cultures Dr Emily Rosamund (to 2024)

Class 4: Student Members

By Statute, no more than three students may be elected to Academic Board, provided that the student membership at no time exceeds one-tenth of the total membership of Academic Board. By agreement with the Students' Union, the student places are currently filled as follows:

CompositionMembership
One member of the Student Assembly, elected by the assembly to be determined
One sabbatical officer of the Students' Union elected by the Student Assembly Fowsia Kadiye
One officer of the Students' Union with a portfolio including postgraduate student matters, elected by the Student Assembly to be determined

Class 5: Specified Postholders

The holders of up to four specified posts to be designated by the Council for this purpose from time to time.

  • Dean of the Graduate School - Professor Mark Johnson (to 2023)
  • Academic Director of International Development and Academic Partnerships - Dr Tara Page (to 2022)
  • Academic Director of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre - Dr Debbie Custance (to 2023 eot)
  • Director of Centre for Academic Language and Literacies - Conrad Heyns

Secretary: Cathryn Thompson

In Attendance

CompositionMembership
Chief Finacial Officer Imran Chughtai
Chief Operating Officer Helen Watson 
Director of Student Experience and Academic Registrar Louisa Green 
Director of Governance and Legal Services Kayley Darby-Philpotts (interim)
Director of Communications John Dickinson-Lilley
Director of Human Resources Carol Ford 
Dean of Students Dr Kathryn Woods
Academic Director of International Development and Academic Partnerships Dr Tara Page
Head of School: Arts & Humanities Dr Stephen Graham
Head of School: Culture & Society Professor Matthew Cragoe
Head of School: Professional Studies, Science and Technology Professor Michael Banissy
School Administrator A&H Amanda Cater 
School Administrator C&S Hugh Macnicol
School Administrator PSST Wendy McDonald 

Terms of office on committees are for three years, renewable for three further years. If the letters "eot" appear against a person's name in a membership listing, this indicates that he or she will reach the maximum term as a member of the body concerned on 31 August in the year specified.