Changes to Academic Regulations and the Academic Calendar

You can find out more information about the changes discussed in this update at the Learning & Teaching Open Forum at 12.00 noon on Friday 1 February 2013 in F21 Richmond Building.

The half day School events focusing on the Curriculum Framework mentioned in my previous posting are underway. The  aim of these events is to  agree School plans for the implementation of the Curriculum Framework in order that the Academic Quality Unit and Centre for Educational Development  are able to develop a University  calendar for the approval of new programmes and the periodic review of existing programmes (including partner organisations). More specifically the information from Schools will be used to contribute to the development of a University Student Support Strategy that will enable new and revised programmes to be effectively implemented.

As well as implementing the University Curriculum Framework there are a number of other changes that are currently being initiated.  Two key changes, that will be the focus of the next Learning and Teaching Open Forum, (12.00 noon this Friday, 1 February in F21 Richmond Building) relate to the Academic Regulations and the Academic Calendar.

Changes to Academic Regulations

A sub group appointed by University Learning and Teaching Committee has proposed changes to the Academic Regulations specifically but not exclusively relating to the method used to calculate award classifications.  A key part of this initiative was to ensure that The University Regulations relating to Award Classifications were in line with the sector. This proposal will be considered by the University Learning and Teaching Committee in late January.  The University of Bradford Union of Students and key University committees (ASPC and Senate) have been kept informed of this proposal and have expressed high levels of support. Feedback from external examiners has also informed the proposal.

Academic Year

Following a long process of consultation, Senate (March, 2011) agreed proposals for changes to the academic year from 2013/14. A key driver for the changes was to ensure that all supplementary assessments are completed by the end of July. The University is one of many that are moving to such a model which enables students to be aware of their progression status much earlier and to allow planning for the next year in terms of timetabling and accuracy of key data returns. A new academic year calendar is being developed by the University Secretary Adrian Pearce for distribution to all staff.  I am aware that these changes present a number of challenges. In this regard the Senior Management Team , Deans of Schools and School Administrators are working on the development and assessment of School Plans to initiate the new calendar in order to assess key risk areas so that appropriate support is in place to manage the implementation successfully.