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The Board of Studies is responsible to Senate for all matters relating to the organisation of education, teaching and research in the Faculty, including all examination matters.

Secretary to the Board : If you would like further information about the Board of Studies for the Faculty of Science, please contact Marguerite Hallett (ext 3433, email m.l.hallett@bath.ac.uk>)  

  Agenda and papers - members-only access

Membership 2013/14

Professor Glynis Breakwell 

Vice-Chancellor

ex-officio

Professor David Bird 

Chair, Dean

ex-officio

Heads of Departments in the Faculty:

Professor Simon J Bending                    

Physics

ex-officio

Professor Ivan G Graham

Mathematical Sciences

ex-officio

Professor Rod J Scott

Biology and Biochemistry

ex-officio

Professor Matt G Davidson

Chemistry

ex-officio

Professor Stephen G Ward

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

ex-officio

Professor Eamonn O'Neill

Computer Science

ex-officio

 Nine members elected by and from the Academic Assembly members of the Faculty (to include at least one from each Department in the Faculty):

Dr Andy D Burrows          

Chemistry

Dr Hazel R Corradi

Biology & Biochemistry

Dr James Doughty

Biology & Biochemistry

Dr Melina A Freitag

Mathematical Sciences

Professor Roland S G Jones

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Dr Gary Mathlin

Physics

Dr John PowerComputer Science

Dr Hartmut Schwetlick

Mathematical Sciences

Dr Denise A TaylorPharmacy & Pharmacology

Co-opted Member:

Dr Steve J Roser, Natural Sciences

 

 Ex-officio members:

Professor Jonathan C Knight

Associate Dean (Research)

Mr Alan Hayes

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Professor Sue Wonnacott

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)

Student Members:

Mr Scott Burfiend                            

Students' Union Sabbatical Officer (Activities)

Miss Roseanna McMahon

Computer Science (UG representative)

Ms Sarah Chordekar

 (PGT representative)

Ms Emily Cradduck

 (PGR representative)

 Representatives from other Faculties/Schools:

Professor Chris Bowen

Faculty of Engineering & Design

Dr Neils Vollaard

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr David J Bence                                   

School of Management

Ms Martine Woodward

Learning Partnerships Office

Observer:

Mrs Amanda HarperFaculty of Science


Dates of meetings 2013/14

Date

Day

Time

Room

17 September 2013 (supplementary results)

Tuesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

9 October 2013

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

20 November 2013

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

15 January 2014

Wednesday

2:15pm

3 West 3.9

26 February 2014

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

16 April 2014

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

21 May 2014

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

18 June 2014 (final year students)

Wednesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

4 July 2014 (continuing students)Friday9:30am

Council Chamber

16 September 2014 (supplementary results)

Tuesday

2:15pm

Council Chamber

Terms of Reference

Amended by Privy Council 1st August 2009 (ToR update approved by Senate on 5 February 2014)

The functions of Boards of Studies are prescribed by Section 20.1 of the Statutes. In this context "School" refers to the Faculty.
20.1 There shall be a Board of Studies of each School which shall have the following functions:

  1. To advise and report to the Senate on all matters relating to the organisation of education, teaching, learning and research in the subjects of the School, including curricula and examinations.
  2. To consider the progress of Students in the School.
  3. To appoint internal and external examiners in the subjects of the School.
  4. To recommend to the Senate any appointment of an external examiner where the aggregate term of office exceeds four consecutive years. 
  5. To consider and where necessary take action on any matters which may be referred to it by the Senate.
  6. To advise and recommend to the Senate on the academic strategy of the School.
  7. To carry out any functions which may be given to or imposed on it by the Ordinances.

Key Functions

In order to discharge their statutory obligations, Boards of Studies will be responsible to Senate for the following key functions:

(1) the approval and evaluation of academic strategy for the Faculty/School (e.g.Research Strategy);

(2) the strategic consideration of initial programme proposals for submission to the Academic Programmes Committee, including the rigour of the underpinning market research, the student choice available and the strategic fit of the proposal;

(3) the strategic consideration of proposed collaborative provision, including Institutional Agreements and Exchange Partners, for submission to the Academic Programmes Committee;

(4) the academic standards and quality of the education, teaching and research across the Faculty/School and the dissemination of good practice;

(5) the monitoring and review of departmental implementation of institutional quality assurance and academic frameworks;

(6) consideration of delegation of authority to appropriate subject-level fora to approve minor and intermediate changes to units on the recommendation of the Faculty/School Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee;

(7) the monitoring of the progress of individual students (including exceptional changes of student circumstances and individual schemes of study and supplementary assessment), under delegated powers from Senate;

(8) the award of degrees on the recommendation of Boards of Examiners for Programmes, under delegated powers from Senate;

(9) rescission of an original award and grant of a new award as a result of either a student academic review or an administrative error identified after the conferment of the original award.  This rescission may be authorised by the Chair on behalf of the Board under Board of Studies Standing Order 7(f);

(10) the establishment of new academic prizes, under delegated powers from Senate;

(11) the conduct and outcomes of student academic reviews and investigation of assessment offences;

(12) the monitoring of student complaints, student academic reviews and investigations of assessment offences;

(13) the appointment of Directors of Studies and Heads of Group and the establishment of Groups under powers conferred by Ordinances 4 and 5;

(14) the appointment of External Examiners (except where the aggregate term of office exceeds four consecutive years) and Visiting Academic Staff under delegated powers from Senate;

(15) the approval of part-time and secondary academic appointments and appointment of postgraduate research students into teaching roles;

(16) establishment, award and grant of Fellowships, Studentships, Scholarships, Bursaries and other such grants at the level of the Faculty/School;

(17) the receipt and consideration of reports from the Departments in the Faculty;

(18) the approval of the establishment and disestablishment of Research Centres; the approval of the appointment of Directors and Deputy Directors of Research Centres; the approval of the continuation of Centres following review by a Faculty / School Research Committee on a three-year cycle.

Sub-Committees

Each Board of Studies has the power to establish sub-committees as necessary.  Each Board of Studies will routinely establish the following sub-committees:

The Board of Studies will also convene meetings (as required) of:

Accreditation Sub-Committee

Review Sub-Committee (in accordance with Regulation 17, Conduct of Student Academic Reviews and Appeals)
Board of Inquiry (in accordance with QA53, Examination and Assessment Offences)

Urgent Business

In accordance with Board of Studies Standing Order 7(f), the Chair is authorised to act on behalf of the Board during the vacation and at other times to deal with urgent business which requires a formal decision before the next available meeting of the Board, subject to report of any action taken to the next meeting of the Board. The decision will be confirmed by the Chair in writing. This is on the basis that, if any such matter is expected to be of significant interest or the subject of significant debate, members of the Board will be consulted by correspondence before any decision is taken or a special meeting of the Board will be scheduled.  The Chair of a Sub-Committee of the Board of Studies may also act on behalf of the Sub-Committee during the vacation and at other times to deal with urgent business on the aforementioned basis.  In the case of the Faculty/School Research Students Committee, the urgent business procedure can be used during the vacation and at other times where an urgent decision is required in the interests of the student without detriment to the quality and standards of provision.

Dates and Minutes of Meetings

2013/2014

17 Sept 2013 (reserved business only)

9 October 2013

20 November 2013

15 January 2014

26 February 2014

2012/2013

18 Sept 2012

10 Oct 2012

21 Nov 2012

16 Jan 2013

27 Feb 2013

24 April 2013

22 May 2013

19 June 2013

5 July 2013

2011/12

6 July 2012

27June 2012

23 May 2012

25 April 2012

7 March 2012

25 Jan 2012

23 Nov 2011

12 Oct 2011

20 Sept 2011

2010/2011

8 July 2011

29 June 2011

18 May 2011

20 April 2011

2 March 2011

19 Jan 2011

24 Nov 2010

13 Oct 2010

2009/10

21 Sept 2010 (Supplementary)

9 July 2010 (Progression)

29 June 2010 (Final Year)

19 May 2010

21 April 2010

3 March 2010

20 Jan 2010

25 Nov 2009

7 Oct 2009

Please note that the summaries and minutes of meetings of the Board of Studies for the Faculty of Science published above exclude information which the University has declared will not be routinely published under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Further information about the Act (including the reasons why such information is exempt from publication) is available at http://www.bath.ac.uk/foi/faqs-staff-general.htm.  If you have any queries about business conducted by the Committee and cannot find reference to it in the summaries/minutes published here, please contact Marguerite Hallett, Faculty Assistant Registrar, (ext 3433, email m.l.hallett@bath.ac.uk)

Procedural Rules

Standing Orders: Board of Studies Standing Orders - http://www.bath.ac.uk/orders/bos/
Appointment of Chair: The Dean of Faculty (Section 8.3 of the Statutes).
Appointment Of Vice-Chair: See Standing Order 4(a).
Membership: See Ordinance 10.
Co-options: Up to five, see Ordinance 10.
Alternates: See Standing Order 1(b).  For ex-officio members only - allowed at the discretion of the person nominating.
Quorum: See Section 28.1(iv) of the Statutes and Standing Order 4(b-d).
Rules for voting: See Standing Orders 9 and 10.
Minutes: Submitted to Senate.

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