University of Bath

Directors of Studies Forum

Information about the Directors of Studies (Taught programmes) Forum and resources for Directors of Studies and Directors of Teaching.

Members and contact details

The Directors of Studies (Taught programmes) Forum run by and for Directors of Studies (DoS) and Directors of Teaching (DoTs) of both undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. The forum enables more effective communication between DoS and DoTs as well as with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) on learning and teaching related topics , considers proposals for strategic change, and shares best practice.

The forum is chaired by the member of the Planning Group, in 2018/19 this is Dr Richard Joiner, Department of Psychology, and is attended by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

For any questions about the forum, please contact Shaun Stephenson-McGall, Student Engagement Manager.

An overall list of the Directors of Studies is maintained.

To contact all Directors of Teaching, email dofteaching@lists.bath.ac.uk.

To contact all Directors of UG Studies, email dofstudiesug@lists.bath.ac.uk.

To contact all Directors of PGT Studies, email dofstudiespgt@lists.bath.ac.uk.

To update any of these emails lists as well as the Directors of PGR Studies dofstudiespgr@lists.bath.ac.uk list please contact Shaun Stephenson-McGall, Student Engagement Manager.

Meeting dates

Forum meetings and other events during 2017/18 are as follows:

Date Time Meeting Venue
Thursday 19 September 2018 9:30am-3:30pm Welcome event for new members CB 4.7
Tuesday 9 October 12:15pm-2:05pm Forum meeting WH Council Chamber
Tuesday 4 December 12:15pm-2:15pm Forum meeting WH Council Chamber
Tuesday 5 February 2019 12:15pm-2:15pm Forum meeting WH Council Chamber
Thursday 21 March 12:15pm-2:15pm Forum meeting WH Council Chamber
Thursday 23 May All day event (times tbc) Away Day Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath

Annual Away Day

The 2019 Directors of Studies Away Day will take place on in May or June 2019.

Further details will be available later in the year. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for activities or agenda items for the Away Day, please email Shaun Stephenson-McGall at s.a.stephenson-mcgall@bath.ac.uk.

DoS Planning Group

The DoS Planning Group drafts the agenda and programme for our both the scheduled meeting of the Forum and the annual Away Day. Our current members are:

Engineering and Design

  • Dr Carmelo Herdes Moreno, Chemical Engineering (New in 2018/19)

  • Dr Maria Valero, Electronics and Electrical Engineering (New)

  • Dr David Hassell, Chemical Engineering (New)

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Dr Richard Joiner, Psychology (Chair)

  • Vacant

  • Vacant

Science

  • Dr Marina De Vos, Computer Science

  • Dr Stephen Flower, Natural Science

  • Mr Nick Haddington, Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Management

  • Mrs Deborah Lewis, Management (New)

  • Dr Timothy Wakeley, Management (New)

  • Dr Sadegh Javaheriafif, Management (New)

There are therefore a number of vacancies for the Planning Group and both DoS and DoT are invited to contact Shaun Stephenson-McGall (Student Engagement Manager) with expressions of interest.

Colleagues from Engineering and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management in particular would be encouraged to express interest in joining the group. In the event of large interest in these roles, the existing members of the DoS Planning Group together with Shaun Stephenson-McGall will ensure a suitably balanced membership.

The planning group is supported by Professor Andrew Heath (Academic Director of the Centre for Learning & Teaching), Dr John Harris (Director of Academic Registry) and Shaun Stephenson-McGall (Student Engagement Manager).

Roles and responsibilities

Following consultation, Senate agreed in the autumn of 2018 (S18/19-14533) to updated and revised indicative role profiles for Directors of Studies (DoS) and Directors of Teaching (DoT). These changes will apply from the 2019/20 academic year. These new roles bring clarity and consistency to learning and teaching leadership roles whilst preserving departmental flexibility and existing good practice.

Overall, key changes include:

  • Creation of a role profiles for DoS and DoTs to better reflect their remits and more clearly distinguish between these two roles.
  • A clearer delineation of responsibilities and how DoS and DoTs will operate in relation to other key positions, for example Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching).
  • Courses with multiple DoSs are asked to allocate a single DoS with responsibility to act as the key course contact for the DoT and central services, and to liaise with their colleagues as appropriate. This is intended to clarify communication routes and responsibilities whilst still maintaining departmental flexibility to have multiple DoSs if helpful.
  • For consistency, all DoTs will be referred to as ‘Directors of Teaching’ rather than ‘Directors of Learning and Teaching’.

The clarification of the roles provide effective leadership and operational support for learning and teaching initiatives and activities. It also ensure that the designation of responsibilities for learning and teaching within departments are accurately represented in QA CoP, Ordinances, and Regulations.

The reference to Directors of Teaching here does not include those members of the Education and Research job family who are individually contracted as Directors of Teaching as their substantive post. Their individual role profiles are distinct from the proposals discussed in this paper