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Oxford University Gazette, 11 December 2008: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICE

Humanities Board/Education Committee Review of Classics

The Humanities Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Faculty of Classics on 17 and 18 February 2009. The review committee's terms of reference are:

1. To review the quality of academic activities in the faculty, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the faculty;
  • planning statements at faculty and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the faculty, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes, and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions;
  • curriculum design and programme structure;
  • teaching, learning and assessment;
  • the relationship between teaching and research;
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance;
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources);
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies;
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the faculty, its management structures, and the relationship between the faculty and the Humanities Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's corporate plan;
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • accommodation and future space needs;
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the faculty, and between the faculty and cognate subject areas, and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

(d) The relationship (structural and operational) between units within the faculty, and between the faculty and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the faculty, and its financial strategy.

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the review committee, Mrs Jane Sullivan, Humanities Division, 34 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LD (e-mail: jane.sullivan@humanities.ox.ac.uk, by Friday, 9 January.

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