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Governance and Executive Support

Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies

What is the Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies?

The Effectiveness Review was established by Senate in 2017. It will focus upon reviewing the effectiveness of Boards in supporting the delivery of the University Strategy, the operational effectiveness of Boards, their interrelationship with other parts of the University’s governance structure and with the role of Head of Department.

What are Boards of Studies?

Boards of Studies are established as part of the University’s governance structure, and their powers and membership set out in Statutes 1,4, and 29). The scope of their responsibility is to consider any matter relating to the teaching or administration of a Board’s own subject area and to make recommendations to such one or more of other Bodies established by Senate as may be appropriate

A Board’s principal role is to ensure the academic advancement of the subject area it represents, inside the University and, where appropriate, outside the University. (Joint Standing Order 4.2 sets out a range of objectives that a Board should work towards)

Boards of Studies also play a role in the Head of Department selection process by identifying and presenting a recommendation of a nominee to the relevant Head of Faculty.

What will the Review Do?

There are three stages to the Review. We are currently in Stage 1 of the review, until 31 January 2018.

How can I engage with the Review?

Boards of Studies have been invited to submit a formal response to the Evidence Gathering Stage, and will also be invited to respond to the Evidence Paper and Green Paper during 2018.

Individual staff and students may make anonymous submissions via this webpage using the form below

The Academic Electoral Assembly will also support consultation and engagement.

Monitoring information

Your response to the survey is anonymous. It would be helpful if you were to provide a few details to help the Review better understand where engagement with the Review is originating from:

  • I am a student/member of staff
  • Faculty: Arts & Humanities/Science/Social Sciences and Health
  • Gender: Female/Male/Unspecified

It you have any queries regarding the Effectiveness Review, please contact John Marsh john.marsh@durham.ac.uk.

Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies
To submit a response to the Review, please consider the following questions.

Joint Standing Orders J4.1 and J4.2 – the advancement of the subject area they represent, both inside the University and where appropriate, outside the University? Please provide examples

Please provide examples

Please provide suggestions

Complete any further comments here

Consultee profile data
Your response to the survey is anonymous. It would be helpful if you were to provide a few details to help the Review better understand where engagement with the Review is originating from