What is the Academic Council responsible for?
The Academic Council is responsible for overseeing issues relating to the research, scholarship, teaching and courses at the University, including:
- the criteria for the admission of students
- the appointment and removal of external examiners
- policies and procedures for assessment and examination of the academic performance of students
- the content of the curriculum
- academic standards and the validation and review of courses
- the procedures for the award of qualifications and honorary academic titles and the procedures for the expulsion of students for academic reasons.
The Council is also responsible for considering the development and performance of the academic activities of the University and the resources needed to support them, and for advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors therein.
It also has a role to advise on such other academic matters as the Board of Governors or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to it.
The Academic Council is clerked by the Academic Registrar, Mr Saladin Rospigliosi and supported by the Academic Registry.
Who is on the Academic Council?
There are 23 members of the Academic Council.
- Vice-Chancellor (chair) – ex officio
- Provost (deputy chair) – ex officio
- University Registrar – ex officio
- Four elected heads of school, heads of department or associate deans (one per faculty)
- 12 elected academic staff (non-head or associate dean) (typically three from each faculty, although note that in 2022-23 HSSCE has four representatives and ECE has two)
- One elected professional or technical member of staff
- Three students nominated by the Union of Kingston Students (one undergraduate, one postgraduate taught and one postgraduate research). This may be a current student or a sabbatical officer)
One member of the Academic Council is elected from among the elected academic staff to sit on the Board of Governors.