May 14 2019

Over the last four months, the Heads of School Designate, Deputy Principal (Academic) and relevant leads in the Professional Services have been developing the proposed structures and roles for the new Schools and the departments that will make up the Schools.

The proposed new structures seek to reduce the number of stages that many of our academic processes go through. For example: many matters previously dealt with by faculties are now devolved to Schools to approve; School Executives, formed of the Head of School, Heads of Departments, School Manager and other senior posts will ensure that each School, working within College strategy and policies, sets a clear academic strategy and enables this to be achieved; School directors will lead decision-making committees of departmental representatives and will sit on the key College-level committees; Heads of Schools will be members of the College Executive Board.

The proposals are a blueprint for the minimum roles that a School/department will have. Schools and departments may wish to split some of these roles, or add further roles. However, it is important that we maintain consistency across the role titles outlined so that it is clear who the responsible officer and contact point for the rest of College is.

The proposed structures do not prescribe departmental roles, meetings or work load relief for roles. This is left to the discretion of Heads of Department who understand the needs of their discipline. However, the proposals do outline the roles needed at departmental level for School representation, and the academic governance system.

You can read the full proposal here. In circulating the proposal, the aim is to identify any areas where current tasks have been omitted from the new structure. Feedback on omissions should be sent to Katherine.O’Sullivan@royalholloway.ac.uk by 24 May 2019.

After 24 May, the design will be finalised and the School posts will be advertised internally. The Committee structure will be approved at Academic Board on 5 June.