Statute No. 8: The Faculties

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  • Faculty governance and structure

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Statute 8 sets out the membership, role, powers and responsibilities of the faculties

1. In this Statute, unless the context otherwise requires—

'academic staff' means those staff members holding academic appointments on a full-time or 50 per cent or greater fractional basis other than those holding emeritus, visiting, adjunct, clinical or honorary appointments;

'centre' means a unit so designated by the Senate.

'course' means a plan of study necessary to qualify for a degree, diploma, certificate or other qualification approved by the Senate;

'faculty' means a faculty approved in accordance with Clause 2, and defined in Clause 4;

'institute' means a unit so designated by the Senate;

'school' means an academic organisational unit approved by the Senate.

2. There are such faculties as are approved by the Senate.

3. Each faculty offers courses approved by the Senate.

4.(1) Each faculty comprises—

(a) the academic staff in all schools, centres and institutes funded by the faculty;
(b) as many academic staff from other schools, centres and institutes which teach in the faculty's courses as the Academic Board determines;
(c) members in any other categories which the Academic Board approves; and
(d) any other persons whom the members in paragraphs (a) to (c) appoint for specified periods.

(2) The following are ex officio members of all faculties but are not counted for the purpose of determining whether a quorum is present at a meeting—

(3) A faculty is properly constituted even if any of the members required by its constitution to be elected or nominated have not as yet been elected or nominated.

5.(1) Each faculty must have a governance document which sets out the constitution and membership of the faculty and its committees and boards.

(2) A faculty must submit its governance document to the Academic Board for approval.

6.(1) A faculty, subject to the Statutes and regulations and to resolutions of the Senate, and within the constraints of University policies, has power to determine the administration of courses under its governance.

(2) A faculty may—

(a) provide advice to its dean on all policy issues relating to the faculty's resources; and
(b) make recommendations to the Academic Board, through its dean, on any matter related to research or the teaching of its courses; and
(c) provide to other University bodies or officers, through its dean, advice on any matter referred to it for consideration.

7.(1) Meetings of a faculty are held—

(a) at least once in each academic year; and
(b) within 10 working days of the service on its dean of a requisition signed by at least six members of the faculty and containing a statement of the matters to be discussed; and
(c) whenever its dean sees fit.

(2) The dean must ensure that, as far as is practicable, all members receive the agenda for a meeting of the faculty at least three working days before the meeting.

(3) Meetings of a faculty are chaired by the dean but, in the absence of the dean, the members present determine which one of them will take the chair.

(4) All questions which are before a faculty are decided by a majority of the members present and voting unless the faculty determines otherwise in its governance document.

(5) The chair of the meeting has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

(6) Subject to the Statutes and regulations and to resolutions of the Senate, a faculty has the power to regulate its own procedures, but if a dispute arises, the standing orders of the Senate apply.

8. With the approval of the Academic Board, a faculty may establish advisory boards which may include representation from professional bodies.

9. With the approval of the Academic Board, a faculty may delegate any of its powers to its dean, its heads of school or committees of the faculty.

10. The Senate appoints a dean of each faculty and determines in each case—

(a) the selection process and terms and conditions of appointment; and
(b) the duties and responsibilities of the position.

11. The Vice-Chancellor, after taking appropriate advice, appoints for a specified period a deputy for each dean who performs the duties of the dean during the dean's absence.

12. With the approval of the Academic Board, through its chair, a dean of a faculty may delegate any of the duties and responsibilities of the office to other officers or members of the faculty for a specified period.

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