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Governance and Management

Memorandum and Articles of Association


The Schedule - Academic Council


  1. There shall be an Academic Council of the University.
  2. The academic organisation and structure of the University shall be determined from time to time by the Court after considering recommendations made by the Academic Council hereunder.
    1. The Academic Council shall comprise not more than 40 members reflecting the academic structure of the University of whom one shall be the Vice Chancellor (ex officio) and of whom not less than 50% shall be appointed members not less than 30% elected teacher members and not less than 10% student members.
    2. The appointed members shall be persons appointed from time to time by the Court from the Deputy Vice Chancellors and such members of staff as are designated Heads of School and academic-related Departments.
    3. The elected teacher members shall be elected by and from such members of the teaching and research staff as shall be specified in regulations made from time to time by the Court by such method as will secure adequate coverage of the different fields of work of the University. An appointed member may not be an elected teacher member.
    4. The student members shall be elected by and from students of the University in accordance with arrangements made from time to time by the Court.
  3. The terms of office of members of the Academic Council shall be as follows:
    1. in the case of the Vice Chancellor for so long as he or she shall remain Vice Chancellor;
    2. in the case of an appointed member until the expiry of such time (if any) as the Court may designate upon his or her appointment or until he or she shall cease to be eligible for appointment, whichever be the sooner;
    3. in the case of an elected teacher member until the expiry of three years after his or her election or until he or she shall cease to be eligible for election, whichever be the sooner, save that provision shall be made for the retirement of elected teacher members in rotation in regulations made from time to time by the Academic Council and approved by the Court; and
    4. in the case of a student member until the expiry of one year after his or her election or until he or she shall cease to be eligible for election, whichever be the sooner.
  4. The Vice Chancellor shall be the chairman of the Academic Council. The Vice Chancellor, or in his or her absence, a deputy designated by the Vice Chancellor shall preside at meetings of the Academic Council.
  5. The Director of Student Affairs shall be the secretary to the Academic Council.
  6. The Academic Council may invite persons, who need not necessarily be members of the staff of the University, to attend any of the meetings and to participate in its discussions, but such invited persons shall not be entitled to vote on any resolution of the Academic Council.
  7. The Academic Council shall have power, subject to provisions of the Articles, to regulate its proceedings and the conduct of its business.
  8. Within the general policy of the University and subject to the ultimate responsibility of the Court and to the responsibilities of the Vice Chancellor, the Academic Council shall exercise the following functions:-
    1. The maintenance of academic standards within the University, and the planning, co-ordination, development oversight, validation and review of the curriculum and all academic work of the University and advising the Court on the resource implications of such planning.
    2. The making of recommendations to the Court relating to the academic structure and organisation of the University.
    3. The fostering and maintenance of close connections with industry, commerce, the professions, universities, other educational establishments and research organisations.
    4. The making of recommendations to the Court for the establishment of advisory committees as it deems to be necessary.
    5. The oversight of all arrangements for teaching in the University.
    6. The regulation of the academic conditions for the admission of students to and their progression within the University.
    7. The regulation of policies and procedures for assessment and examination of students within the University.
    8. The appointment and removal of internal and external examiners.
    9. The power to confer the award of academic qualifications, prizes or other distinctions including honorary academic titles as may be agreed with the Court.
    10. The development of teaching methods and courses.
    11. The organisation of facilities for research and scholarship and for the publication of papers relating thereto.
    12. The giving of advice on the arrangements for the appointment and promotion of teaching and research staff.
    13. The nomination to the Court of members of the Academic Council for appointment as Governors under Article 7(2)(b).
    14. The nomination of academic representatives to external bodies.
    15. The making to the Court of such reports and recommendations as the Academic Council may consider appropriate on any academic and related matters including those matters referred to the Academic Council by the Court.
    16. The exercise of functions relating to exclusion of students from courses of study for academic reasons and appeals against decisions of examination boards in accordance with bye laws and regulations made under Article of these Articles.
    17. The exercise of any other functions which may be delegated to it by the Court or referred to it by the Vice Chancellor.
  9. The Academic Council shall as far as may be practicable delegate its responsibilities in any matter affecting not more than one faculty or academic unit below the level of a faculty to the faculty or unit (as the case may be) concerned.
  10. The Academic Council shall establish such committees as it thinks fit (including where appropriate committees with a membership which includes representatives of the students of the University or persons who are not members of the Academic Council) and shall determine their membership and functions. Any committee of the Academic Council may establish sub-committees and determine their membership and functions.
  11. The Court may accept, reject or refer back any recommendation made to it by the Academic Council, but shall give to the Academic Council its reasons for any such rejection or reference back and shall afford to the Academic Council the opportunity to make representations to the Court in respect thereof.