SOAS University of London

SOAS Standing Order II: Academic Board

II Academic Board

Academic Board reports to the Board of Trustees.

(i) The membership of Academic Board will comprise
  • Chair:
    • Director
  • Ex-officio Members:
    • Pro-Directors
    • Head of Doctoral School
    • Registrar & Secretary (COO)
    • Director of Library Services
    • All academic Heads of Department
  • Other Members:
    • One Associate Director (Learning & Teaching) nominated by the Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching)
    • One Associate Director (Research) nominated by the Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise)
    • A number of academic staff elected from the Senate, including the Senate Chair (equal to the number of academic Heads of Department and Associate Directors serving on Academic Board)
    • Four student members nominated by the Students’ Union Executive, each of whom must either be a Sabbatical Officer of the SOAS Students’ Union or a registered student of the School. One will be a taught postgraduate student and one a doctoral researcher. 
  • In attendance:
    • Director Governance & Legal Services
    • Deputy COO Student and Academic Experience
    • Director of Research, Enterprise, Innovation and Partnerships
    • Head of IFCELS
    • Students' Union General Manager
    • Academic Head of Online Learning
    • Others by invitation of the Chair
(ii) Secretary

The Registrar & Secretary (COO) will nominate a Secretary. The Board will normally hold five ordinary meetings per session. An informal meeting will take place with Board of Trustees on an annual basis;

(iii) Standing Committees

Academic Board will appoint the following Standing Committees. The Terms of Reference for these committees will be approved by Academic Board and included in the annexes to the Standing Orders. Academic Board will receive regular reports from these committees and approve proposals from them;

  • Teaching, Learning & Student Outcomes Committee
    • Curriculum Quality Assurance Committee (reports through TLSOC)
    • Student Outcomes Panel (reports through TLSOC)emic Senate
  • Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Research & Enterprise Committee
  • Student Experience & Engagement Committee
  • Board of Examiners for Undergraduate programmes
  • Board of Examiners for Postgraduate programmes

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

(iv) Remit

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

(v) Terms of Reference

Academic Board will have the following terms of reference:

  1. To make arrangements for the delegation of responsibility as necessary to the Chair and other School Officer.
  2. To advise the Board of Trustees 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.
  3. To be accountable to the Board of Trustees for the quality arrangements for learning and teaching.
  4. To approve strategies/sub-strategies where this responsibility has been delegated from the Board of Trustees.
  5. To receive reports and approve recommendations from its Committees, the Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching) and other School Officers in respect of educational developments.
  6. To receive reports and approve recommendations on other issues which fall within its remit from its Committees, the Pro-Directors and other School Officers.
  7. To receive reports and approve recommendations from the Regional Institutes and Centres as well as School Centres, through the appropriate Pro-Director.
  8. To determine academic policy where this responsibility has not been devolved.
  9. To receive reports and approve recommendations on quality assurance and  quality assessment measures employed by the School and to review outcomes.
  10. To consider matters and approve recommendations 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 the Board of Trustees, Resources & Planning Committee, or Executive Board as appropriate.
  11. To establish regulations and procedures for compliance with the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of London, and to award degrees.
  12. To establish regulations and procedures for School awards and to award School qualifications.
  13. To receive reports from Resources & Planning Committee