Code Executive Group


The purpose of the Group is to govern the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes, specifically by:

Terms of Reference

  1. To manage the work associated with different University strategic initiatives: each initiative will determine the principle or intention and the executive group will subsequently translate those intentions and present them in a proposed set of new or revised regulations and/or policy. Such principles should first be agreed by University Education Committee before being considered by the Group.
  2. To consider discrete ‘changes of substance’ by reviewing existing, or developing new, policy, as directed by UAQSC (to assure academic standards) or UUSC/UGSC (to regulate and enable new activity) - although this should be prioritised and limited to enable (a) above.
  3. To oversee a review of the content and presentation of the Codes to ensure that they are accessible (e.g. process is extricated from policy) and in line with the recommendations from the Governance Review.

‘Minor’ revision (e.g. where the intention of a clause is unchanged) will be managed and enacted, outside of this governance, by AQPO.

The operation of existing regulations and policies will be within the remit of UUSC/UGSC. UAQSC will invite the relevant committees to undertake such reviews on a cyclical basis; these committees will have authority to propose moderate policy revisions to the Group or recommend the need for a comprehensive review to UAQSC. 

A fast-track procedure is already in place to resolve any matters arising from SLSP where a common standard or rule is sought. Any consequent changes to policy will be presented to the Group to introduce.

Consultation and approval

Any proposed changes to the Codes will be presented to the April meeting of UAQSC and University Education in May for approval.

A single consultation event involving appropriate faculty, school and professional service division representatives, will be held to obtain views on all proposed changes of substance prior to them being presented for approval.

A Green Paper may be presented to Senate for its view (likely to be the December meeting) where fundamental changes to the principles that underpin the Code/s are being considered or proposed.

Mode of operation

• The Group will report to the University Academic Quality and Standards Committee.
• The Group will meet 2-3 times each year to discuss arising matters of substance; it may meet virtually to consider and agree moderate changes to existing policy or regulation.
• The Group will liaise specifically with professional service divisions (e.g. the Secretary’s Office) as appropriate, depending upon the issues being considered.
• The schedule of business will be identified at the start of each academic year in liaison with UAQSC, UUSC and UGSC and approved by the Chairs of these committees. 

Membership - for 2019/20

Policy advisors from AQPO Mike White and Chris Walker
A Faculty Education Director covering undergraduate programmes tbc
A Faculty Education Director covering taught postgraduate programmes Professor Leah Tether
A member of the University Academic Quality and Standards Committee Dr Kate Whittington
A Faculty PGR Director tbc
Bristol SU sabbatical officers tbc
PGR student representative tbc
A Faculty Education Manager Louise Chambers