Senate Report - 18 Apr 2012

The following items were discussed at the recent meeting of Senate:

  • Postgraduate Research ‘Framework’: On the recommendation of the University Research Students Committee, Senate considered proposals relating to various aspects of postgraduate research provision - MPhil/PhD Transfer Process, Interim Exit Awards and Alternative Final Awards, Skills Training and Format of Research Theses. These were approved in principle by Senate. Consideration is now being given by University Research Students Committee to consequential amendments to Regulation 16 (Higher Degrees) and QA7 (The Code of Practice on Research Degrees) for recommendation to Senate and University Learning, Teaching & Quality Committee respectively.
  • Student Complaints Procedure: Senate approved amendments to the Student Complaints Procedure with effect from 1 August 2012. A guidance document to support implementation of the revised policy will be issued by the University Secretary.
  • University’s Fitness to Study Policy: Senate approved proposed amendments to the University’s Fitness to Study Policy with effect from 1 August 2012. Senate noted that the effectiveness of the Fitness to Practise Policy had also been reviewed. The positive outcome was that no amendments to this Policy were required.
  • International Foundation Year: Senate approved the transfer of academic responsibility for the International Foundation Year from the Division for Lifelong Learning to the School of Management for a pilot period of one year from 1 August 2012.
  • Public Engagement Unit: The Director of Marketing & Communications would have line management responsibility for the Public Engagement Unit. This Unit was being established to engage the public with the University’s research following receipt of associated funding of £300k from Research Councils UK.
  • Arts Awards Prizes: The winners of the Arts Awards Prizes for 2012 were approved.
  • University Librarian: The University Librarian, Mr H Nicholson, would be retiring in July 2012. The recruitment of his successor has commenced with the aim of bringing a recommendation for appointment to the next meeting of Senate (for recommendation to Council on 28 June 2012).
  • Appointments: Professor Mike Threadgill was re-appointed as Research Postgraduate Ombudsman and Dr Irene Turner was re-appointed as Deputy Research Postgraduate Ombudsman. The term of office for both appointments is from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2015.

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