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Terms of Reference

Academic Board Terms of Reference

Last updated: 14 October 2022


Terms of Reference

Subject to the provisions of the Articles of Association, to the overall responsibility of the University Council and the responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor, Academic Board shall be responsible for the following:

  1. To oversee the development and enhancement of the academic activities of the University, and to advise the Vice-Chancellor and the Council accordingly.
  2. To maintain oversight of the relationship between academic and resource planning.
  3. To oversee academic policy relating to:
    1. Research and scholarship;
    2. Learning and teaching;
    3. The academic portfolio, including the approval and closure of courses;
    4. The recruitment and admission of students;
    5. Academic regulations including those relating to assessment and the classification of awards;
    6. Arrangements for the management of academic standards and academic quality, including with respect to; the validation, monitoring and review of courses; external examiners and panel members; student representation and feedback;
    7. Procedures for the approval and award of qualifications and honorary academic titles;
    8. The academic experience of students, including student support and guidance; and appeals and complaints;
    9. The University’s arrangements for collaborative provision.
  4. To ensure alignment with sectoral reference points and to consider and approve reports and responses to external bodies, related to the academic work of the University.
  5. To establish such committees as it considers necessary to enable it to carry out its responsibilities, provided that each establishment is first approved by the Vice-Chancellor; the membership of any such Committee, and the terms of reference shall be determined by the Academic Board.
  6. To delegate authority to Boards of Examiners, to administer the arrangements for the conferment of the University’s awards upon individual students who have satisfied the requirements of conferment.
  7. To advise on other matters referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor or the University Council.
  8. To consider equality and diversity issues arising from the remit of the Board.
  9. To consider risk issues arising from the work of the Board.
  10. To ensure compliance with any regulatory requirements for registration with the Office for Students which fall within the remit of the Committee.

Specific Policy Responsibilities
Individual policies are delegated to sub-committees or individual postholders with major changes to be approved by Academic Board.

Terms of Office
Heads of School: 3 years
Nominated Academic Rep: 3 years
Elected Academic Subject Leader: 3 years
Elected Academic Course Leader: 3 years
Elected Professional Services Rep: 3 years

Mode of Operation
Chair: Vice-Chancellor
Vice Chair: Deputy Vice Chancellor
Officer: Academic Registrar

Co-options: Up to three per year

Half of the total membership (excluding co-options) which must include either the designated Chair or Vice-Chair

Frequency of Meetings
Up to 5 times per year

Reporting Line
University Council

Academic Affairs Committee
Research Committee
Honorary Awards Committee
Senior Academic Appointments Panel

Delegated Boards
Module and Award Boards of Examiners

Submission / Availability of Minutes
Summaries of all minutes will be forwarded to the University Council and held by the Registrar’s Directorate. Minutes will also be published on the University website.

Vice-Chancellor (Chair)Stephen MarstonN/A
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Prof Jackie LabbeN/A
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Governance and Student AffairsDr Matthew AndrewsN/A
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic Enhancement and ResearchDr Sarah JonesN/A
Academic RegistrarVacancyN/A
Director of Quality
Dr Amanda PillN/A
Two Heads of School

(to be chosen by the
Heads of School
working together)
Anne Dawson
(School of Creative Industries)

Lorraine Dixon
(School of Health
and Social Care)
July 2021 – June 2024

Oct 2022 – Sept 2025
Six Academic Representatives

(nominated by the
Schools not
already represented
by the elected
ASL or elected ACL)
Dr Rachael Bullingham (School of
Natural, Social and Sports Sciences)

Dr Adeela Shafi (School of Education and Humanities)

Dr Matt Reed (Countryside
and Community Research

David Last (School of Arts)

Saba Yousif (Gloucestershire Business School)


Nov 2020 – Oct 2023

Oct 2020 – Sept 2023

Dec 2020 – Nov 2023

Jan 2020 –
Dec 2022

Oct 2021 –
Sept 2024

One Elected Academic Subject
Leader (ASL)
Neil Leighton (School of Creative Industries)Dec 2019 – Nov 2022
One Elected Academic Course
Leader (ACL)
Julia Webb (School of Natural, Social and Sports Sciences)June 2021 –
May 2024
Two members of staff elected by and
from General staff
Carrie Wasley

Kristina Tailor-Nicholls
Oct 2021 –
Sept 2024

Oct 2022 –
Sept 2025
Academic Staff Member
of Council
Dr. Andrew MisuiraN/A
2 Representatives from the Students’ Union
Eleanor Hill

Beth Timmons
July 2022 –
June 2023

July 2022 –
June 2023
Director of Library, Technology and
Rob BlagdenN/A
Co-opted Members:Stewart DoveN/A

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