The Academic Board is the ultimate academic authority of the University, including that of the curriculum and quality and standards. It focuses on areas such as academic strategy, policy, priority and performance. Academic Board meetings occur three times a year in October, February and May and are usually held at the London Moorgate campus.
Students are represented by the Student Association President, Student Association Executive Officer and three Student Members of Committees (see latter sections).
Reporting to the Academic Board
The SAEO reports to the Academic Board on all SSLC minutes. This is usually split by course and campus and also with overarching themes and quasi-verbatim comments split by programme. ‘Interim’ reporting is usually for the February meeting and ‘final’ reporting at the May meeting.
As SSLC meetings occur twice per year, around November / December and March / May, reporting cannot be undertaken at the October Board meeting.
Additionally, the SAEO and President report to the Board on all student engagement activities, including on Clubs and Societies, SA recruitment, development of a new strategic plan, and development of The Student Association website (for example).
Academic Board Committees
The Student Association are invited to sit on a variety of the Academic Board’s Committees:
Academic Enhancement Committee
This committee is chaired by the Vice-Provost, Academic Enhancement, and looks at academic enhancements at the strategic level, including reviewing and enhancing the provision of learning opportunities and teaching practices. The Student Association has a regular slot to feedback on any enhancement activities underway, and to discuss any related matters and student feedback arising from Student Parliament meetings.
The AEC (and V-P, AE) takes a strategic lead on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the University. The SAP is the Student Association lead for the TEF and is a full member of the TEF Project Working Group within the AEC. This includes attending external, HEFCE conferences, and contribution to the production, and concluding remarks, of the provider’s submission for the TEF.
Academic Standards and Quality Committee
This committee is responsible for matters relating to standards assurance and compliance. The SAEO is a member of this committee and this can look at matters such as examination results across cohorts and campus.
Also, the SAEO is involved with the appointment of External Examiners onto programmes, which is a separate sub-panel of the ASQC. The key contact for this is the Head of Awards, Standards & Integrity.
Widening Participation Committee
The Widening Participation and Access (WP&A) committee is the key strategic committee of the Academic Board responsible for articulating and systematically reviewing and enhancing provision to ensure that students from all backgrounds are supported to access, succeed in and progress from University of Law (“ULaw”) programmes. It will have a particular focus on provision for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups under-represented in higher education. The University works in partnership with the Student Association, and the President is a full member of the committee and is active across the Working Groups.
Programme Approval Committee and Panels
Programme Approval Panels consider applications for new programmes, courses and modules within the University, and also in collaboration with other providers in the UK, EU or internationally. The SAEO, SAP and Student Members of Committees (SMCs) are invited to be a panel member for programme approval or re-approval events and will act as a student panel member (but are considered full panel members).
The Programme Approval Committee considers applications once they have gone through the panel stage. Therefore, this is more of an oversight of the panel process and requires reading the minutes of the panel meetings and feeding back in a similar way.
Occasionally, there will be a Quality Assurance Review (or ‘QA Review’) panel, this is preliminary review conducted in a similar way to the Programme Approval Panel, but not formally part of the approval process. Again, the SAEO, SAP or a student member is invited to these if there are different student members for the main panel event, to ensure that a wider representation of the student voice can be obtained.
Working with Others (B10)
The ‘WwO’ committee deals with Chapter B10 of the QAA Quality Code (as of December 2017). This part of the code focuses on arrangements the University has with other providers, including collaborations (in differing forms). The SAEO attends this committee meeting to represent the student voice for potential collaborations, and also to ensure that the Student Association is aware of potential collaborations and can implement measures i.e. in the representative structure to equally and fairly represent all University of Law students.
The SAP attends the Third-Party Relationships (TPR) meeting. This usually occurs on the same day as the WwO meetings, but focuses on collaborations that do not fall within “B10”, but are classified at TPR’s.
Programme Directors Group
The PDG is a meeting of all National Programme Directors, and other invited colleagues, to discuss matters related to the University’s programmes. The SAEO and SAP are invited to discuss any Student Association matters and to feedback any programme-related student feedback, including that arising from the Student Parliament.
Previously, the Student Association has collaborated with the PDG to create the “Feedback Pack” for students (please see below under the "Opportunities and Social" Tab).
A current list of National Programme Directors can be obtained from the SAEO.