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SOAS Standing Order II: Academic Board

II Academic Board

Academic Board reports to Governing Body.

(i) The membership of Academic Board will comprise
Director (Chair)
Ex-officio Members:
Two Pro-Directors
Three Deans
Head of Doctoral School
Director of Library & Information Services
Other Members:
One Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)
One Associate Dean (Research)
Four members of academic staff from each Faculty Board nominated by Faculty Board through a process to be agreed within the Faculty
Two student members nominated by the Students’ Union Executive, each of whom must either be a Sabbatical Officer of the SOAS Students’ Union or a full-time registered student of the School
In attendance
Director of Academic Development
Director of Research & Enterprise
Director of Student & Registry Services
Head of IFCELS
Students' Union Manager

(ii) The Registrar will nominate a Secretary.  The Board will normally hold three ordinary meetings per session;

(iii) Academic Board will appoint the following Standing Committees.  Academic Board will receive regular reports from these committees;

Academic Development Committee
Equality & Diversity Committee (reports also to Resources & Planning Committee)
Faculty Boards
Learning and Teaching Quality Committee (reports through Academic Development Committee)
Research & Enterprise Committee
Student Experience Committee (reports through Academic Development Committee)

Academic Board may delegate activities and authorities to its Standing Committees as appropriate, but retains overall responsibility for these.

(iv) The remit of Academic Board is to advise Governing Body on any proposal relating to the academic scope, academic structure and academic standards of the School and to bring to the attention of Governing Body any matter which in the opinion of Academic Board affects the teaching and/or research of the School.

(v) Academic Board will have the following terms of reference:

(a) To make arrangements for the delegation of responsibility as necessary to Standing Committees, the Chair and other School Officers;

(b) To advise Governing Body on the strategic development and future direction of the School's academic activities, as incorporated in the strategic plan and sub-strategies, and to keep these under review;

(c) To approve strategies/sub-strategies where this responsibility has been delegated from Governing Body

(d) To receive reports from its Committees, the Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching) and other School Officers in respect of educational developments and to approve recommendations as appropriate;

(e) To receive reports on other issues which fall within its remit from its Committees, the Pro-Directors and other School Officers and to approve recommendations as appropriate;

(f) To receive reports from the Regional Centres through the Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise), and from other School Centres through the appropriate Dean of Faculty and to approve recommendations as appropriate;

(g) To determine academic policy where this responsibility has not been devolved;

(h) To receive reports on quality assurance and quality assessment measures employed by the School, to approve recommendations as appropriate, and to review outcomes;

(i) To consider matters affecting the academic scope, academic structure and academic standards of the School or any other matter reasonably falling within the remit of Academic Board and advise Governing Body, Resources & Planning Committee, or Executive Board as appropriate;

(j) To establish regulations and procedures for compliance with the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of London, and to award degrees;

(k) To establish regulations and procedures for School awards and to award School qualifications;

(l) To receive reports from Resources & Planning Committee.

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