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Every programme of study, whether taught at Brookes or delivered off campus through a collaborative partner, must be monitored by a Subject Committee, responsible to the Faculty Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee for:
A Subject Committee may be responsible for the quality monitoring of a single programme or a group of cognate programmes, and will be chaired by the Programme Lead for the programme/s within its remit. Individual Subject Committees for collaborative provision may be referred to as Programme Committees, and will be chaired by the appropriate Programme Manager at the partner organisation.
Subject Committees are responsible for ensuring the implementation of the University’s policies and procedures, as approved by the Academic Board and its sub-committees, but have the authority to establish advisory groups, steering groups, and working groups to assist in the management of their business and the fulfilment of their remit, as necessary.
Providing a forum for dialogue between staff and students is a primary function of the Subject Committee. Other consultative forums may be set up for the purposes of gaining student feedback, but the University acknowledges the importance of Subject Committees in ensuring that feedback from students is embedded in the formal quality monitoring procedures.
At least two meetings of the Subject Committee must be held per year, during semester time in order to facilitate student attendance, with an additional meeting held specifically to consider the Annual Programme Review report.
Subject Committees are expected to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
The membership of each Subject Committee must be approved by the Faculty Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee, but its core membership is as follows:
Up to three other members may be co-opted, as deemed necessary by the Chair in order to provide an appropriate range of perspectives and expertise. The following Faculty staff also have the right to attend Subject Committee meetings:
A template for Subject Committee terms of reference and membership is available on the University’s intranet. The terms of reference and membership for Subject/Programme Committees relating to collaborative provision must be specified in the Operations Manual governing the arrangements.