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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 2019-20
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
- 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.
- The powers of the Academic Board shall be prescribed by the Ordinances.
Meetings of the Academic Board
- The Academic Board shall meet not less than once in each term.
- 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.
Class 1: ex officio members
|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||Ms Lauren Corelli|
Heads of Department
|Anthropology||Ms Elena Gonzalez-Polledo (to 2023)|
|Art||Professor Richard Noble (to 2021)|
|Computing||Dr Jennifer George (to 2021)|
|Design||Professor Mike Waller (to 2021)|
|Educational Studies||Dr Anna Carlile (to 2023)|
|English and Creative Writing||Professor Frank Krause (to 2021)|
|History||Professor Richard Grayson (to 2023)|
|Institute of Management Studies||Dr Jo Lloyd (to 2023)|
|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 Daniel Neyland (to 2022)|
|Theatre and Performance||Dr Ben Levitas (to 2022)|
|Visual Cultures||Dr Wood Roberdeau (to 2022)|
Heads of Academic Areas
|Head of English Language Centre||Mr Conrad Heyns|
|Head of Academic Skills Centre||Vacancy|
|Director of the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship||Mr Gerald Lidstone|
|Director of the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance||Ms Annie (Aiping) Guo|
Class 3: Elected members other than students
One member of the Academic Staff elected by the Academic Staff from each Academic Department or Area.
|Anthropology||Dr Henrike Donner (to 2023 eot)|
|Art||Professor Michael Archer (to 2023 eot)|
|Computing||Dr Dan McQuillan (to 2023)|
|Design||Mr Duncan Fairfax (to 2023)|
|Educational Studies||Ms Alison Griffiths (to 2022)|
|English and Creative Writing||Professor Jane Desmarais (to 2023)|
|History||Dr Rebekah Lee (to 2022)|
|Institute of Management Studies||Dr Ragupathy Venkatachalam (to 2022 eot)|
|Law||Dr Dagmar Myslinska (to 2022)|
|Media, Communications and Cultural Studies||Dr Clea Bourne (to 2022)|
|Music||Dr Iris Garrelfs (to 2021)|
|Politics and International Relations||Dr Elizabeth Evans (to 2023)|
|Psychology||Professor Lauren Stewart (to 2022)|
|Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies||Dr Naomi Thompson (to 2021)|
|Sociology||Dr Martin Savranksy (to 2022)|
|Theatre and Performance||Professor Anna Furse (to 2023 eot)|
|Visual Cultures||Dr Ayesha Hameed (to 2022)|
|English Language Centre||Mr Timothy Chapman (to 2022)|
|Academic Skills Centre||Ms Sara Ewing (to 2021)|
|Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship||Mr Adrian De La Court (to 2021 eot)|
|Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance||Ms Wei Jin (to 2023 eot)|
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:
|One member of the Student Assembly, elected by the assembly||Mr Oscar Hadwin-Guardiola|
|One sabbatical officer of the Students' Union elected by the Student Assembly||Ms 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)
- Dean of Students - Dr Kathryn Woods
Secretary: Mrs Cathryn Thompson
|Director of Finance||Mr Nirmal Borkhataria (interim)|
|Registrar and Secretary||Ms Helen Watson|
|Director of Student Experience and Academic Registrar||Ms Louisa Green|
|Director of Governance and Legal Services||Mr Matthew Brooks|
|Head of Secretariat||Ms Sally Priddle|
|Director of Communications||Mr John Dickinson-Lilley|
|Director of Human Resources||Ms Carol Ford|
|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||Ms Amanda Cater|
|School Administrator C&S||Ms Rhian Douglas|
|School Administrator PSST||Mrs 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.
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