Terms of Reference

Amended by Senate 7th June 2017.

In order to discharge their statutory obligations, Faculty/School Boards of Studies will be responsible to Senate for the following key functions:

(1) the approval and evaluation of academic strategy for the Faculty/School;

(2) the strategic consideration of initial programme proposals for submission to the Academic Programmes Committee, including the rigour of the underpinning market research, the student choice available and the strategic fit of he proposal. Proposed new doctoral programmes may be considered but must also receive strategic consideration by the University Doctoral Studies Committee prior to submission;

(3) the strategic consideration of proposed collaborative provision, including Institutional Agreements and Exchange Partners, for submission to the Academic Programmes Committee. Proposed new doctoral collaborations (including proposals for new Doctoral Training Entitites) may be considered but must also receive strategic consideration by the University Doctoral Studies Committee prior to submission;

(4) the academic standards and quality of the education, teaching and research across the Faculty/School and the dissemination of good practice, with exception of those matters which specifically form the business of the university Boards of Studies (Doctoral) and the University Doctoral Studies Committee. The Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committee will provide information to the Faculty/School Board of Studies on matters pertaining to the academic standards and quality of doctoral study;

(5) the monitoring and review of departmental implementation of institutional qulaity assurance and academic frameworks for programmes excluding those relating to doctoral study (which will be the responsiblity of the Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committee);

(6) consideration of delegation of authority to appropriate subject-level fora to approve minor or intermediate changes to units on the recommendation of the Faculty/School Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee;

(7) the monitoring of the progress of indivdual students except those undertaking doctoral study (including exceptional changes of student circumstances and individual schemes of study and supplementary assessment), under delegated powers from Senate;

(8) the award of taught degrees on the recommendation of Boards of Examiners from Programmes, under delegated powers from Senate;

(9) recission of an original award and grant of a new award, excluding those relating to doctoral study, as a result of either a student academic review or an administrative error identified after the conferment of the original award. This recission may be authorised by the Chair on behalf of the Board under Board of Studies Standing Order 7(f);

(10) the establishment of new academic prices at the level of the Faculty/School, under delegated powers from Senate;

(11) the conduct and outcomes of student academic reviews and investigations of assessment offences, excluding those relating to doctoral study;

(12) the monitoring of student complaints, student academic reviews and investigations of assessment offences, excluding those relating to doctoral study;

(13) the appointment of Directors of Studies and Heads of Group and the establishment of Groups under powers conferred by Ordinances 4 and 5;

(14) the appointment of External Examiners (except where the aggregate term of office exceeds four consecutive years) and Visiting Academic Staff under delegated powers from Senate excluding those relating to doctoral study;

(1`5) the approval of part-time and secondary academic appointments and appointment of postgraudate research students into teaching roles;

(16) establishment, award and grant of Fellowships, Scholarships, Bursaries and other such grants at the level of the Faculty/School;

(17) the receipt and consideration of reports from the Departments in the Faculty;

(18) the approval of the establishment and disestablishment of Research Centres; the approval of the appointment of Directors and Deputy Directors of Research Centres; the approval of the continuation of Centres following review by a Faculty/School Research Committee on a three-year cycle.

Sub-Committees

Each Board of Studies has the power to establish sub-committees as necessary. Each Board of Studies will routinely establish the following sub-committees:

  • [Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee])(http://www.bath.ac.uk/statutory-bodies-committees/bodies-and-committees-senate/bos/pdf/LTQCttee.pdf)
  • Research Committee
  • Board of Examiners from Programmes
  • Progression Board of Examiners (in accordance with Ordinance 15 and Regulation 16.5)

The Boards of Studies will also convene meetings (as required) of:

  • Accreditation Sub-Committee
  • Review Sub-Committee (in accordance with Regulation 17, Conduct of Student Academic Reviews and Appeals)
  • Board of Inquiry (in accordance with QA53, Examination and Assessment Offences)

Urgent Business

In accordance with Boards of Studies Standing Order 7(f), the Chair is authorised to act on behalf of the Board during the vacation and at other times to deal with urgent business which requires a formal decision before the next available meeting of the Board, subject to report of any action taken to the next meeting of the Board. The decision will be confirmed by the Chair in writing. This is one the basis that, if any such matter is expected to be of significant interest or the subject of significant debate, members of the Board will be consulted by correspondence before any decision is taken or a special meeting of the Board will be scheduled. The Chair of a Sub-Committee of the Board of Studies may also act on behalf of the Sub-Committee during the vacation and at other times to deal with urgent business o nthe aforementioned basis. In the case of the Faculty/School Research Students Committee, the urgent business procedure can be used during the vacation and at other times where an urgent decision is required in the interests of the student without detriment to the quality and standards of provision.