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GSA Committee Structure

The following diagram shows the reporting structure of GSA's academic committees:

GSA Committee Structure Diagram


Committee Remits and Memberships

Academic Council

Academic Council is responsible for overseeing the planning, co-ordination, development and supervision of the academic work of the GSA and reporting to the Board of Governors. Academic Council has the powers and duties of the Governing Body on the matters stated above, and the power to make recommendations to the Governing Body as they see fit. 

Research and Enterprise Committee (REC) 

On behalf of Academic Council, the Research and Enterprise Committee (REC) is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and approving all policies and regulations related to research development, research ethics, research income and all aspects of research and knowledge exchange outputs at GSA. In addition, REC is responsible for overseeing regulations and policies relating to postgraduate research and the development of enterprise and professional practice skills among GSA’s students and graduates. REC monitors performance and receives reports ensuring the rigorous oversight of research development, ethics, outputs, training and supervision and is assured on the consistency, methods of reporting and planning of research, knowledge exchange, postgraduate research and student/graduate enterprise for the institution as a whole.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Committee (UPC)

On behalf of Academic Council, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Committee (UPC) is responsible for the oversight of all matters relating to the development, quality assurance and enhancement of GSA’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision. UPC considers and recommends to Academic Council: approval of new programmes of study; major programme amendments and new academic partnerships; develops, approves and monitors the implementation of GSA-wide policies, procedures and structures for programme and course approval monitoring and review and for the assessment of students; and GSA wide activities relating to learning and teaching enhancement and educational development.  

Programme Amendment and Course Approval and Amendment Group Remit, Process and Membership

Programme Amendment and Course Approval and Amendment Group (PACAAG) is responsible for providing focused deliberation on minor programme and course amendments, and new course approvals, and considers these matters on behalf of UPC. 

Board of Studies

Each School has a Board of Studies.  Boards of Studies discuss, advise and make recommendations to UPC on all matters relating to the taught, credit-bearing provision within the scope of their School. Similarly, the Board of Studies also discusses and makes recommendations to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee on all matters relating to research, research degrees and Knowledge Exchange within the scope of the Board. Boards of Studies are also responsible for considering matters referred by UPC and RKEC, or by Academic Council, reporting back to each committee as required.  Boards of Studies consider, monitor, review and maintain academic standards and the quality enhancement and assurance of educational provision on the associated degree programmes and credit-bearing courses. 

UG and PGT Staff Student Consultative Committee

PGR Staff Student Consultative Committee

There are two Staff Student Consultative Committees (SSCC) in each School, one for UG and one for PGT. A seperate SSCC is convened for PGR. The SSCC discuss the operation of the relevant School covering: matters arising from formal student feedback; external examiners reports; student welfare and domestic issues relating to the programme; and changes and improvements to the relevant Board of Studies. 


Academic Workflow

The following diagrams show the process flow for academic business and final timings for approval.

Schools are free to choose an earlier Board of Studies for approval should this better meet their needs:


Standard Academic Business

Periodic Review

Programme Regulation Approval

General Regulation Approval

International Partnership Approval

New Programme Approval

New Course Approval

Course/Programme Amendment

Programme Withdrawal

Programme Monitoring and Annual Reporting