Academic Board

Academic Board is responsible for the academic leadership of research, scholarship, teaching and courses at the University.

Terms of reference

The Academic Board will be responsible for:

  1. The academic strategy of the University in accordance with the character and mission determined by the Board of Governors
  2. Authorising the award of degrees (including honorary degrees), diplomas, certificates and other academic awards made in the University’s name
  3. The regulations and frameworks that govern the University’s academic awards
  4. The policies and procedures relating to the student lifecycle from admission to graduation, including the Quality Management Framework
  5. The approval and review of the University’s academic awards
  6. The standards of awards made in the University’s name and the quality and enhancement of the student experience
  7. Ensuring compliance with any statutory or regulatory responsibilities that relate to the scholarly activities of the University, providing advice to the Board of Governors accordingly
  8. Advising on any other matters referred by the Vice-Chancellor or the Board of Governors.


The Academic Board works within the context established by:

  • The Education Acts in force
  • The Articles of Government and the associated Rules and Bylaws
  • The power, conferred on the University by the Privy Council, to award degrees and other qualifications up to the level of taught masters under its own name
  • The Academic Regulations agreed by the Academic Board
  • The requirements of relevant external bodies (eg. HEFCE, QAA or TTA)

Some of the practices described here are determined by bodies external to the Academic Board, for example the Vice-Chancellor or the Vice-Chancellor's representatives acting through the structure of line management, and in some cases funding or other bodies to whom the University is accountable.

The definition of academic quality adopted by the University is "fitness for [the] purpose" expressed in its Mission. The quality assurance processes to achieve this end operate within the principles below.

Academic Board membership

2020/21 members

  • Professor Sue Rigby - Chair (Vice- Chancellor)
  • Professor Neil Sammells - Deputy Chair (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost)
  • Pearl Slater - Interim Head of Academic Governance and Policy
  • Dr Dawn Albertson - Subject Leader in Undergraduate Psychology Programmes (elected member)
  • Dr Dan Allen - Head of School: Art
  • Professor Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou - Head of School: Education
  • Professor Georgina Andrews - Head of School: Business and Vice-Provost
  • Ceri Bailey - Vice-President: Education, Students' Union
  • Alison Baud - Director of Library and Learning Services
  • Emily Casey - President, Students' Union
  • Martin Dupras - Senior Lecturer: Creative Music Technology (elected member)
  • Dr Alison Hems - Head of School: Humanities
  • Natasha Kidd - Subject Leader Art (elected member)
  • Mark Langley - Head of School: Music and Performing Arts
  • Dr Mark McGuinness - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning)
  • Professor Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus - Head of School: Science
  • Dr Andy Salmon - Pro Vice-Chancellor (External)
  • Dr Rebecca Schaaf - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)
  • Professor John Strachan - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
  • Dr Anna Walker - Senior Lecturer: Business and Management (elected member)
  • Dr Charles Wiffen - Head of Academic Portfolio Development (elected member)
  • Professor Trish Reid - Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Kingston University (external member)
  • Zoe Newth - Postgraduate student representative
  • Thomas Rolfe - Postgraduate Research student representative

Academic Board subcommittees

Academic Board fulfils many of its responsibilities through an infrastructure of executive sub-committees, listed below. The Vice-Chancellor is an ex-officio member of all sub-committees of the Academic Board.

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