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



Term of Office
(to 31 July -
unless otherwise stated)

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education)

ProfessorJon Green


Education Officer of the Guild of Students

Ms Izzy Lenga 


Director of Legal Services or her nominee

Ms Debbie Warren


Academic Policy & Standards

Dr Stephen Gower 


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

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr Neil Hotchin


One representative from the Directors of Education

School of Government and Society, College of Social Sciences

Dr Graham Timmins


Two representatives from Heads of Schools

School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, College of Arts and Law

Professor Ken Dowden


School of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Professor Paul Flavell


One representative from programme leads in Schools

Medical and Dental Sciences

Dr Alison Cooper


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

    The 2015/16 meeting dates are:
  • 14 October 2015
  • 11 December 2015
  • 3 February 2016
  • 6 April 2016
  • 11 May 2016
  • 22 June 2016


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

Mrs Sian Williams (nee Conner)
Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8079