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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 Elizabeth Bird (ext 3433, email  

Membership 2011/12

Professor G Breakwell



Professor D Bird

Chair, Dean


Heads of Departments in the Faculty:

Professor J C Knight



Professor J J Faraway

Mathematical Sciences


Dr R Hooley

Biology and Biochemistry


Professor P R Raithby



Professor R M Tyrrell

Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Professor P J Willis

Computer Science


 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 I S Blagbrough

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Professor G R Burton

Mathematical Sciences

Dr D A Taylor

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Dr S J Roser


Dr A C Jeffries

Biology & Biochemistry

Dr G Mathlin


Dr A J Power

Computer Science

Professor I H Williams                         


Dr D Wolverson


Co-opted Member:

Dr H Johnson

Computer Science

 Ex-officio members:

Professor M G Davidson

Associate Dean (Research)

Professor G J Price

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Professor S Wonnacott

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)

Student Members:

Mr D Cameron

Students' Union Sabbatical Officer

Ms C McClure

Department of Biology & Biochemistry (PGR representative)

Miss H Miller

Department of Mathematical Sciences (UG representative)

Miss M Phadnis

Department of Mathematical Sciences (PGT representative)

 Representatives from other Faculties/Schools:

Dr W M Megill

Faculty of Engineering & Design

Professor S Skerington

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mr I P Crawford

School of Management

Terms of Reference

Approved by Privy Council 1966

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.


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:

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 


6 July 2012

27 June 2012

23 May 2012

25 April 2012

7 March 2012

25 Jan 2012

23 Nov 2011

12 Oct 2011

20 Sept 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


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


21 Sept 2009 (Supplementary)

3 July 2009 (Progression)

17 June 2009 (Final Year)

20 May 2009

22 April 2009

4 March 2009

21 Jan 2009

26 Nov 2008

8 Oct 2008

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  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 Elizabeth Bird, Faculty Assistant Registrar, (ext 3433, email )

Procedural Rules

Standing Orders: Board of Studies Standing Orders -
Appointment of Chair: The Dean of Faculty (Section 8.4 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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