Senatus Academicus – Wednesday 14 November 2007
A meeting of the Senate of the University of Aberdeen will be held in the King’s Conference Centre on Wednesday 14 November 2007 at 2.00 p.m.
Lunch will be available in the James McKay Hall from 1.30 p.m.
Staff and student members of the University are welcome to attend meetings of the Senate as observers. Those wishing to do so are asked to respect the formal nature of the proceedings and the understanding that no intervention or lobbying will be permitted from non-members who may be invited to leave when items of confidential business are to be considered.
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2. Statement by Principal
3. Honorary Degree Nominations
4. The Year Ahead: Presentation and Discussion
5. The Curriculum Reform: Presentation and Discussion
7. Admissions Report
8. National Student Survey and Unistats Data
Items for Routine Approval or Information
The following items will be deemed to be approved or will be noted, as appropriate, and will be incorporated into the formal record of the Senate Minute of the above meeting unless any member of the Senate e-mails the Head of Registry by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 12 November to ask for an item to be formally discussed at the meeting, indicating their reasons for doing so.
10. Items for Routine Approval
The Senate is asked to approve the Learning and Teaching Framework and the accompanying Operational Plan.
The Senate is asked to approve, for its part, the recommendations of the University Court from its meetings of 26 June,11 September and 30 October 2007.
11. Items for Information
The Senate is invited to note the actions taken by the University Court at its meetings on 26 June, 11 September and 30 October 2007
11.2 Report from the University Committee on Teaching and Learning
The Senate is invited to note the actions taken by the University Committee on Teaching and Learning at its meeting on 26 October 2007
11.3 Reports from the Academic Standards Committees
The Senate is invited to note the changes to the list of courses and programmes approved by the Academic Standards Committees at their recent meetings, available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/senastracking/report/
The Senate is invited to note that the Senate Business Committee approved the timetable for the election of non ex officio members to existing vacancies on the Senatus Academicus and election of Senate Assessors to the Court and JPFEC.
11.5 Membership of Committees
The Senate is invited to note that the Senate Business Committee, on behalf of the Senate, approved the following appointments to University committees with immediate effect, on the recommendation of the relevant Heads of College, where appropriate:-
11.6 Curriculum Reform – Senate Nominees
The Senate is invited to note that the Senate Business Committee have nominated Professors Anderson and Schaper to serve as the Senate nominees on the Curriculum Reform Commission. One further Senate nominee to the Commission has yet to be appointed. Professors Anderson and Schaper will also serve as Senate nominees on Curriculum Reform Steering Group.
11.7 Ordinance 138 (Amendment to the Composition of the Senatus Academicus)
The Senate is invited to note that the Privy Council, on 25 July 2007, approved Ordinance 138 which set out revisions to the composition of the Senate made following the Senate Effectiveness Review. The amendments to the Senate will take immediate effect and accordingly all Established Chair-holders are no longer ex officio members of the Senate.
11.8 Postgraduate Taught Admissions – Reference Requirements
The Senate is invited to note that the Principal, on behalf of the Senate, approved during the summer a request from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Committee that for a trial period of one year the requirement for references from taught postgraduate applicants be amended as follows:
The revised procedure will apply for January and September 2008 applicants and will be reviewed in October 2008. The proposals were discussed at the Postgraduate Strategy Advisory Group and had the endorsement of all three Colleges.
11.9 Award of Endowed Prizes and Medals 2006-07
The Senate is invited to note that the List of the Award of University Prizes and Medals for the session 2005-06 is available at www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/prizes.shtml
The Senate is asked to note the draft institutional response to the Scottish Funding Council’s consultation in regard to the report from the Joint Quality Review Group. A copy of the consultation document can be accessed at: www.sfc.ac.uk/information/info_consultations/sfc/2007/sfc0407c/sfc0407c.htm
11.11 Graduations In Absentia
The Senate is invited to note that details of those qualified to receive degrees, diplomas and other awards who have applied to have them conferred in absentia may be obtained from the Registry.
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