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Designation of Committee Business - open and reserved business

We have identified seven categories of information, which we will not routinely publish under the Freedom of Information Act.




1. Boards of Studies

Membership and Terms of Reference of Sub-Committees of the Board and Boards of Examiners
Reports from Senate or Executive Committee √*
Minutes of Faculty BofS Sub-Committees (FEC, FLTQC, FRC, FRSC)-varies
Minutes of Department Committees √*
Reports from Departments √*
Strategic approval of programme
Changes to units and programmes
New Partner Institutions
Proposed Collaborative Provision
Establishment of Prizes
Nominations for Awards
Appointment of Representatives
Review of Departmental Structure
Grants and Contracts –monitoring and data
Establishment of Research Centre
Review of Research Centre
Student Numbers/Recruitment
Library Matters
Chair’s Business √*
Appointments of internal & external examiners √ (Reserved)
Student Awards and Progression √ (Reserved)
Academic Appeals √ (Reserved)
Assessment Offence √ (Reserved)
Approval of Teaching Assistants (QA9) √ (Reserved)

2. Faculty and Department Learning, Teaching and Quality Committees

New programme proposals
Major Changes to Programmes
Intermediate / Minor Changes to Programmes
Unit changes
Proposals for Accreditation of programmes
New/renewed partnership agreements
Exchange Agreements (new / renewal / withdrawal)
Report of the External Examiner [part 2: Reserved] and responses
Degree Scheme Review reports/action plans
National Student Survey (NSS) action plan
Programme Annual Monitoring Reports
Annual overview report on peer review & department feedback policies
Consultation documents for approval by higher level committee
Policy re Implementation of QA Code of Practice
  • unless they contain any Reserved business

3. Faculty Research Committee and Faculty Research Students Committee

All business would be considered on its merits as Open or reserved business. Much business at Faculty Research Committee is likely to be reserved business. Much business at Faculty Research Students Committees relates to individual students so is likely to be reserved business.

Freedom of Information: The University has identified seven categories of information, which it will not routinely publish under the Freedom of Information Act:

  • Information about living individuals (including, but not limited to, members of staff, students or research subjects) the processing of which is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. (This is reserved ‘pink’ business);
  • Information that might jeopardize the health and safety of staff, students or the public;
  • Information that might prejudice the University's commercial interests;
  • Information that would prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the prosecution of offenders;
  • Information concerning legal Proceedings or investigations being carried out by the University that might lead to criminal or civil proceedings;
  • Information held under legal obligation of confidentiality;
  • Information that is published elsewhere or that is intended for publication at a later date (e.g. draft versions of documents, information subject to amendment or approval by the appropriate University body).

A Pater, April 2016