P6: Governance Reform

Priority 6: Reform academic governance such that innovation is enabled, coherence is restored and risk is reduced

Priority 6: Reform academic governance such that innovation is enabled, coherence is restored and risk is reduced

A recurring theme in the planning and consultation phase of developing this Academic Strategy was the absence of clarity on where the right of initiative lies with regard to academic policy. The rapid expansion and pace of change in the structures and systems of the university in recent decades resulted in some disconnections and inefficiencies in our processes and procedures. Some of these were highlighted in UCC’s Institutional Review (2013). The university needs to provide the appropriate guidance, policies and frameworks to enable academic innovation, while reducing the levels of risk therein.

The objective of this priority is to ensure that the university provides clarity and coherence on academic policies and regulations, that work optimally, and that are observed consistently.

The following leading actions are proposed to advance this priority:

Operational Plan

Lead Sponsor: Dr Orla Lynch, Head of Criminology

Administrative Lead: Academic Secretary & Assistant Registrar, Paul O'Donovan

ActionProgress & Plans
28. Review and reform academic decision-making authority. Details here 
29. Review and enhance Programme Approval Processes. Details here 
30. Redesign and optimise the Exam Appeals and Mitigation processes. Details here 
31. Undertake a review of semesterisation and address any challenges identified. Details here
32. Create a register of programmes subject to accreditation to facilitate oversight of associated criteria. Details here  
33. Capture and regulate non-standard academic arrangements. Details here
34. Develop a policy for the withdrawal of academic awards. Details here 
35. Develop an online Academic Policy Portal. Details here

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