The School is organised into a matrix structure, comprising disciplinary groups, teaching programmes and research clusters.


The main decision-making body in the School is the School Board, which consists of the School's Executive Team and the Heads of Group Forum. The School Board meets twice a year to articulate the strategic choices facing the School. In consultation with colleagues across the School, the School Board lays out the broad strategy and direction of the School and considers the resources and conditions that need to be in place for the successful conversion of strategy into action.

The School's International Advisory Board and the All School Forum, comprising all members of School staff, act as bodies of advice and consultation to the School Board.

The Executive Team acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean and meets monthly to discuss strategic issues, matters of academic planning and administration, and issues relevant to the activities and developments of the respective groups.

Heads of Groups, convening as the Heads of Group Forum monthly, provide academic leadership and oversee issues concerning the management of Faculty, including promotions and sabbaticals.

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Programme management

In the delivery of our programmes, the School operates a system of programme management. Each programme has its own Director, supported by a mix of shared and dedicated administrative support. Boards of Studies scrutinise curriculum development proposals for approval, amendment or rejection.

The Undergraduate Studies Committee meets monthly and is chaired by the Director of Undergraduate Programmes. This committee also convenes as the Undergraduate Board of Studies twice in each academic year, with participation by representatives from the School and Undergraduate student School Representatives.

A forum for Post-graduate Taught programmes meets monthly during term time and is chaired by the Director of PGT programmes. In this forum, Directors share best practice and discuss strategic and operational issues.

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