TEI Forum: Terms of Reference
1.The TEI Forum is a body that provides an opportunity for all TEIs offering approved Common Awards programmes to meet to discuss common issues and share good practice.
2. The TEI Forum has no formal role in the governance of the partnership. Rather, it is intended to provide a space for TEIs to meet, consult, and share good practice relating to educational provision and research for the Common Awards partnership and programmes.
3. The precise focus and format of the meetings has not been prescribed. This is to enable members of the TEI Forum to determine how they would like the Forum to operate.
4. The TEI Forum will meet twice each year. The dates of the meetings will be determined before the start of each academic year.
5. The Service Contract between Durham University and the Archbishops’ Council specifies that the membership of the TEI Forum will be comprised of up to 4 representatives from each of the approved Designated TEIs.
6. The Principal (or equivalent) of each TEI will nominate up to 4 members of core staff to serve as members of the TEI Forum. Principals will be strongly encouraged to nominate individuals who represent the diversity of the Common Awards programmes: in particular, both full-time and part-time provision (where applicable).
7. Once the membership of the TEI Forum has been finalised, the members will elect a chairperson. The chairperson may be one of the two TEI Forum representatives on the Management Board or another member of the TEI Forum. The chairperson will be appointed before the first meeting of the TEI Forum. The elections will be coordinated by Durham University staff.
Relationship to the Management Board
Appointment of staff members
8. The Common Awards Management Board includes two representatives appointed by the TEI Forum. Once the Membership of the TEI Forum has been finalised, elections will take place to appoint the two Management Board representatives.
9. The TEI Forum will be strongly encouraged to appoint two individuals who represent the broad diversity of the sector. In particular, the TEI Forum will be encouraged to appoint two individuals who, together, represent both full-time and part-time provision.
10. The Forum will meet twice each academic year. At least one of the meetings will take place in Durham City. Durham University will arrange the venue and catering for the meetings.
11. The nature, structure, and content of the meetings will be determined by the Chair in consultation with other members of the Forum. The TEI Forum may wish to use an Agenda suggested by the University, or it may prefer to develop its own structure and related documents.
12. The logistical arrangements for the meetings will be coordinated by Durham University staff.