Higher Degrees Committee (Taught Courses)

Terms of Reference & Membership 2019-20

Meets twice a year in May and November

Terms of Reference

  1. Considering and recommending to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) the following:
    1. Proposals for new programmes of study 
    2. Proposals of significant changes to existing programmes of study
    3. Proposals for credit for courses undertaken at another institution.
    4. Proposals for non credit-bearing courses students may take within the University while registered for a Master’s programme in the School.

      ​Note: Proposals for new programmes of study should include a business case approved by the Institute’s Management Committee.
  2. Approving enhancements to existing programmes not requiring the approval of AQSC.
  3. Determining the arrangements for, and monitoring, the provision of credit for study and assessment undertaken at another institution or in non-degree courses within the University, where flexibility is allowed in a programme of study. 
  4. Routinely monitoring the effectiveness of programmes of study and courses, through
    1. Monitoring the allocation of students to tutors or advisers.
    2. the availability of teachers, module coordinators and programme directors for consultation by students.
    3. Feedback from students through appropriate student representation including student surveys, staff-student liason committees and student satisfaction questionnaires. 
    4. Reports from external examiners, external and internal reviews, opinions expressed by teaching staff, degree convenors and other staff and reviews by the QAA or similar regulatory organisations. 
  5. Receiving reports from meetings between teachers, students and other staff and to take actions or make recommendations for action as appropriate.
  6. Appointing the Chair(s) of the Board(s) of Examiners.
  7. Making recommendations to the AQSC for the appointment of external examiners.
  8. Receiving reports from the Boards of Examiners.
  9. Receiving reports from the external examiners, and taking action or making recommendations for action as appropriate.
  10. Keeping under Review programme specifications, guidelines, and procedures for programmes of study, including methods for review and suspension of such guidelines and procedures and the information provided to applicants and students. 
  11. Administering and assisting in the preparation of formal periodic programme reviews. 
  12. Reporting to the AQSC on the implementation of recommendations of formal periodic programme reviews.
  13. Reviewing the membership of the Committee and its terms of reference to ensure it effectively monitors the quality of taught programmes at the Institute.  


Professor Carl Stychin (Director, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

Members of Staff of the Institute who are teachers on Taught Masters Programmes
Dr Constantin Stefanou  (Director of Taught Programmes, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
Dr Mahmood Bagheri (Lecturer in Law)
Professor Kern Alexander (Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in International Financial Regulation)

At least two persons of academic standing who are not members of the staff of the School, but who may be teachers on a programme of the Institute
Professor Spyros Maniatis (British Institute of International & Comparative Law)
Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Student representatives (Non Reserved Areas Only)
Martina Manghisi  (LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law)
Nadia Alali (LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law)

Co-opted Expertise, where appropriate
Dr Nóra Ní Loideáin (Lecturer in Law, Director of Information and Policy Centre)
David Gee (Librarian, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

In Attendance
Alex Bussey (Institute Manager)
Kalinda Hughes (Registry Services Manager)

Ivan Leonidov (SAS Programmes Coordinator, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

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