Update from Senate - 3 June 2015

The following issues were discussed at the recent meeting of Senate.

  • Vice-Chancellor’s report: The Vice-Chancellor gave a report on key issues for the University, including the news that the University had been ranked 5th in the new Guardian University Guide. Our ranking in the Complete University Guide has also risen from 12th to 11th after a correction in the underpinning calculations.
  • Shape of the Academic Year: Senate received an update from Deputy-Vice-Chancellor & Provost Professor Bernie Morley on the consultation on the structure of the academic year. He was in the process of setting up a working group to consider principles in greater depth, to include the Students’ Union and two representatives from each Faculty/School. A report would be made to the December Senate.
  • Research Integrity: Senate considered the first Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2014/15 which shows compliance with UUK’s Concordat to Support Research Integrity: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/highereducation/Documents/2012/TheConcordatToSupportResearchIntegrity.pdf Senate recommended it to Council for approval; it would then be published on the web.
  • Research Misconduct Procedure: Senate considered some minor amendments to the Procedure for Inquiring into Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Scholarship and recommended these to Council.
  • PhD Thesis Formats: Senate agreed in principle that students registered for a doctoral degree should be permitted to submit their thesis written in a portfolio format as an alternative to the traditional thesis dissertation with effect from January 2016. Several suggestions were made which would be further considered during the consultation.
  • Deputy Research Postgraduate Ombudsman: Senate agreed the appointment Dr Marcelle McManus as Deputy Research Postgraduate Ombudsman from 1st August 2015 to 31st July 2018.
  • Intellectual Property Policy – Ordinance 22: Senate considered some proposed amendments to the Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, mostly regarding copyright, third-party owned materials and recording of lectures, and recommended these to Council for approval.
  • Core Questions for Use in Online Evaluations: Senate approved alternative “core questions” for online evaluations of placement, study abroad and distance learning units.
  • New Framework for Assessment: Senate agreed in principle further streamlining of the New Framework for Assessment documents through the move of procedural and guidance material to the appropriate QA Code of Practice statements.
  • Student monitoring data: Senate noted the student monitoring data for 2013/14, including Student Equality and Diversity Statistics, Student Disciplinary Statistics, Fitness to Practise and Fitness to Study Statistics.
  • Awards: Senate noted several awards for students, teaching, doctoral supervision, public engagement and sport.
  • Honorary titles: Senate noted approval of the award of title of Professor Emeritus to Professor Kevin Edge.
  • Academic staff: Senate noted changes in academic staff and also the promotion of Dr Andrew Ward to a personal chair from 1st May 2015.
  • Committee membership: Senate approved the addition of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) as an ex-officio member of Academic Staff Committee.
  • Retiring members: On behalf of Senate, the Vice-Chancellor thanked those whose last meeting of Senate this was; namely Prof Jane Millar who had served on Senate for many of the last 17 years, Prof Yiannis Gabriel and student members Paul Goodstadt, Katie Barnby and Elliott Campbell.

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