The Academic Council is responsible for regulating and directing the academic work of the University and is the supreme authority on purely academic matters. It reports to the Court only in areas in which a decision of the Court is required. The Court has no power to overturn academic decisions of the Academic Council, but decisions which have resource implications, which would require the consent of the Court, will in practice be made by, or recommended to Court by, the Joint Policy, Planning and Resources Committee which is a joint committee with members from both Court and Academic Council.
The specific responsibilities of Academic Council are set out in Statute 10 in the University Calendar.
directing, regulating and promoting the teaching and research of the University;
regulating and conducting examinations and appointing both internal and external examiners;
granting degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions;
regulating admission of students to the University;
regulating and superintending the living conditions and discipline of the students of the University.
exercising discipline by excluding student temporarily from the University on grounds of misconduct, to suspend a student, to exclude permanently, to impose reprimands and monetary funds and to require sureties and reparation for damage.
Academic Council membership
The Academic Council is chaired by the Principal. Unlike the Court, its membership is drawn exclusively from within the University. It’s constituency is detailed in Ordinance 66 as follows:
The Senior Deputy Principal and Deputy Principals
The Librarian (or equivalent person)
The Deans of Faculty
The Institutional Deans appointed to lead on strategic initiatives
Seven members of professorial staff
Seven members of non-professorial staff (including five academic members of staff)
The President and Vice-President of the Students’ Union.