Academic Policy and Regulations Committee

The Academic Policy and Regulations Committee reports to Senate and provides advice and reports to the Quality Assurance Committee on academic policy and regulations and on general issues that may arise.

At the Autumn meeting APRC receives the annual report from the Progress and Awards Board on business undertaken throughout the year.

Membership 2015/16

  • Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education)
    Professor Jon Green
  • Education Officer of the Guild of Students
    Ms Izzy Lenga (until 31 July 2016)
  • Director of Legal Services or her nominee
    Ms Debbie Warren (Ex Officio)
  • Head of Academic Policy & Standards
    Dr Stephen Gower (Ex Officio)
  • One representative from the Directors of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Directors of Postgraduate Research or other appropriate member of staff as nominated by the Head of College
    Dr Neil Hotchin
    College of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • One representative from the Directors of Education
  • Two representatives from Heads of Schools
    Professor Ken Dowden
    School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, College of Arts and Law

    Professor Jon Rowe
    School of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • One representative from programme leads in Schools
    Dr Alison Cooper
    Medical and Dental Sciences
  • University Director of Alternative Modes of Delivery
    Professor Glyn Watson

Terms of Reference

a) To keep under review policy and academic regulations for the operation of taught and research programmes.

b) To monitor national and international developments in relation to academic policy and to recommend appropriate actions and responses.  This includes policy developments related to academic provision and experience, including student complaints and discipline.

c) To consider and, if thought appropriate, approve on behalf of the Senate proposals for amendments to, exemptions from and creation of new academic and student-related Regulations and guidance / policies / Codes of Practice below the level of Regulation.

d) To consider and make recommendations to the Senate and the Council regarding proposals for amendments to, exemptions from and creation of new academic and student-related clauses of Statute, Charter and Ordinances.

e) To monitor strategic risks relevant to the work of the Committee as determined by the Strategic Risk Register.

f) Acting as a Progress and Awards Board:

  • To determine recommendations made notwithstanding regulations (where special or extenuating circumstances have not been considered previously) received from Boards of Examiners for taught programmes.
  • To determine decisions concerning the progress and status of individual research students, within and notwithstanding regulations.

Dates of meetings during 2015/16

  • Wednesday 14 October 2015
  • Friday 11 December 2015
  • Wednesday 3 February 2016
  • Wednesday 6 April 2016
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016
  • Wednesday 22 June 2016


For further information about the Academic Policy and Regulations Committee please use the following contact details -

Dr Stephen Gower
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4892