.Representation

Academic Representation Reform (1011P8)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Education

Passed: 09/05/2011 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • The success of the 2007 Representation Development Plan
  • Union Policy D6.1 Representation Faculty Officers
  • Union Policy D6.3 School Presidents
  • The on-going evolution of the roles of Faculty Representative, School President & School Vice-President
  • The University’s imminent re-structure from 3 Faculties to 8
  • The University’s desire to increase Postgraduate recruitment
  • Previous ‘difficulties’ in representing both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
  • The establishment of SUSU’s Democracy & Representation Department to support all Academic Representatives
  • That the Academic Representation System will only be effective if it fits the University’s structure
  • Postgraduates are alarmingly under-represented
  • That the SUSU’s Democracy & Representation department has improved support for all Academic Representatives
  • That the job description for Faculty Representatives (Policy D6.1) should be amended to:
    “A Faculty Representative is the Senior Course Rep in their Faculty, responsible for the coordination of Academic Unit Presidents, Academic Unit Vice-Presidents and course Representatives. They work with the aforementioned representatives to represent student views to SUSU and the University. Faculty Representatives will be the SUS officer responsible for representing these views on their relevant Faculty Education Committee, proposing papers and taking a lead on Faculty wide issues in their Faculty.”
  • That School Presidents will be known as Academic Unit Presidents (Policy D6.3) with the job description:
    “An Academic Unit President is the Senior Course Rep in their Academic Unit, coordinating and supporting their Course Representatives. They work with their Course Representatives to represent views to their Academic Unit and to SUSU. Academic Unit Presidents sit on their respective Academic Unit Board, Academic Unit Education Committee and their SSLC (Student Staff Liaison Committee). The Academic Unit of Social Sciences will have a number of Academic Unit Vice-Presidents reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the Academic Unit.”
  • That School Vice-Presidents will be known as Academic Unit Vice-Presidents with the job description:
    “An Academic Unit Vice-President is the Senior Course Rep in their Discipline, coordinating and supporting their Course Representatives. Academic Unit Vice-Presidents will be elected in the Academic Unit of Social Sciences only, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of study. They work with their Course Representatives in partnership with their Academic Unit President to represent views to their Discipline and to SUSU.”
  • That the Vice-President roles in Humanities and Health Sciences will become Academic Unit Presidents, reflecting the University’s change of structure
  • That all Faculty Representatives, Academic Unit Presidents & Academic Unit Vice-Presidents represent Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students
  • That all Academic Unit Presidents will have the ability to democratically elect Vice-Presidents for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Post Graduate Research from amongst the course representatives relevant to their portfolio, in which each course representative has an equal vote
  • That the changes listed above are effective from July 2011
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy