Higher and Research Degrees Committee

TERMS OF REFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Higher and Research Degrees Committee (HRDC) inherits its terms of reference from the School of Advanced Study Quality Assurance Framework 2014-15, as follows:

With regard to higher degrees:

  1. consider and make recommendations to the School’s Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) on the following:
    1. proposals for new programmes of study
    2. significant changes to existing programmes of study
    3. proposals for credit for courses undertaken at another institution
    4. proposals for non-credit-bearing courses students may take within the University while registered for a Master’s programme in the School(New programmes and significant changes in programmes of study are subject to approval by the AQSC and subsequent approval by the Board and Collegiate Council.)
  2. approve enhancements to existing programmes not requiring the approval of the AQSC
  3. determine the arrangements for the provision for credit for study and assessment undertaken at another institution or in non-degree courses within the University, where flexibility is allowed in a programme of study, and to monitor such arrangements
  4. monitor routinely the effectiveness of programmes of study and courses, through:
    1. the monitoring of the allocation of students to tutors or advisers
    2. the availability of teachers, module coordinators and programme directors for consultation by students
    3. feedback from students through appropriate student representation including student surveys, staff-student liaison committees and student satisfaction questionnaires (see below)
    4. reports from external examiners, external and internal reviews; opinions expressed by teaching staff, degree convenors and other staff; and reviews by the QAA or similar or successor regulatory
    5. organisations[For further guidance see section 4.8 below]
  5. from time to time, receive reports from meetings between teachers, students and other staff, and to take action or make recommendations for action as appropriate
  6. appoint
    1. internal examiners for each programme
    2. the chair of the Board of Examiners
  7. make recommendations to AQSC for the appointment of external and intercollegiate examiners
  8. receive reports from the Board(s) of Examiners
  9. receive reports from external and intercollegiate examiners, and to take action or make recommendations for action as appropriate
  10. keep under review programme specifications, guidelines and procedures for programme(s) of study, including methods for review and suspension of such guidelines and procedures and the information provided to applicants and students
  11. administer and assist in the preparation for the conduct of formal periodic programme reviews, at least quinquennially, and as and when required by AQSC
  12. report to AQSC on the implementation of recommendations of formal periodic reviews

MEMBERSHIP

HRDC membership for 2014-15 is as follows:

Lawrence Goldman (Chair)

Director of the IHR

Matthew Davies

Academic staff

Victoria Davis

Student representative

Sarah Howard

External academic advisor

Mark Merry

Academic staff

Gwyneth Page

Student representative

Jonathan Phillips

External academic advisor

Barbara Simms

Academic staff

Simon Trafford

Academic staff

Alan Thacker

Academic staff

Sha Zhou

Student representative

 

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  • 2015-06-01 – Updated text from doc HRDC01 04.12.14