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 2017/18 this was Dr Polly McGuigan, Department for Health, 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
tbc May All day event (times tbc) Away Day tbc

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)

  • Vacant

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Dr Richard Joiner, Psychology

  • 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)

  • Vacant

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

During April and May 2017/18, the University carried out an initial consultation exercise on the role of Directors of Studies and Directors of Teaching in response to changes and developments in learning and teaching leadership, and the departmental and faculty governance which supports it.

Alongside this there has been growth in student numbers, developments in our programme portfolio, and changing institutional demands and priorities.

As a result many departments have created of the role of the Director of Learning & Teaching (in some instances called the Director of Teaching).

The University wants to now clarify the role of the Director of Studies (DoS) and Director of Learning & Teaching (DoLT), to ensure consistency of support and understanding across the institution. This will be particularly important in terms of taking forward initiatives in learning and teaching—such as the curriculum transformation—where effective leadership, and good management and operational support, will be essential. Roles and responsibilities also need to be clearly defined and articulated in governance structures, policy, and regulation.

Following this initial consultation it is likely that ULTQC and Senate will consider proposals later in autumn 2018 which will intend to distinguish between the roles of the Director of Studies (DoS) and the Director of Teaching (DoLT), formalising the role of the latter, and bringing a level of consistency to department structures. However, the University does not want to impose a one-size-fits-all approach which fails to account for the specific needs of departments. Although the proposals may involve some adjustments to current approaches, it is expected that they will allow much existing practice to continue.