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Senate

The AeU Senate is the highest academic body of the University and, subject to the provisions of the Constitution, the statutes and regulations, has the control and general direction of instruction, research and examination and the power to award degrees, diplomas and certificates.

AeU Senate Terms of Reference

The Senate shall be the highest academic body of the University and, subject to the provisions of the Constitution, the statutes and regulations, shall have the control and
general direction of instruction, research and examination and the power to award degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The Senate shall provide opportunity for its members to discuss and express views upon any matter it considers being of interest to the School/Faculty/Centre and to make recommendations and pass resolutions.

The Senate shall have the power to submit recommendations to the President and Board of Directors.

The Senate may from time to time appoint standing, special and ad hoc committees and delegate any of its powers and duties to any such committee or person.
Senate's duties and responsibilities are to:

  • Draft, alter and repeal Statutes and Regulations.
  • Authorize, approve and supervise all academic programmes.
  • Direct and regulate all instructions and teaching of the University.
  • Determine the rules and regulations for academic admissions.
  • Ratify and review all assessments leading to conferment of academic degrees.
  • Approve the conferment of academic degrees and other University Honorary awards.
  • Determine whether academic rules and regulations be varied in individual student cases.
  • Approve the appointments of Internal and External Examiners and other faculty associated positions.
  • Recommend academic and professional affiliations with other institutions.
  • Recommend the appointments of Visiting, Adjunct Faculty and Fellows.
  • Advise on the administration of the University learning resources including the library.
  • Assist in the searches for deans, directors and professors and other senior academic positions.

Duties and Responsibilities of Senate members:

  • Act in best interests of the University.
  • Act honestly and in good faith.
  • Disclose relevant third party interests and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Exercise duty of care, skill and diligence.
  • Familiarise and understand operating procedures for the conduct of business.
  • Understand the work of the University.
  • Observe confidentiality protocols.
  • Develop linkages and use networks on behalf of the University to assist in achieving its goals.
  • Should participate in the work of Senate and its committees through regular attendance at meetings.

Senate Membership:

  • Chairman (President)
  • Secretary (Registrar)
  • Members (Deputy President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, not less than 3 Professors appointed by the President, not less than 2 members from any professional bodies appointed by the President and other members appointed by the President)

AeU Standing Committees' Terms of Reference

Academic Management Committee

A standing committee of Senate, reporting to Senate.

  • To review and make recommendations to Senate on all matters of academic rules and regulations including admission and assessment policies.
  • To review and make recommendations to Senate on the planning and offering of academic programmes.
  • To monitor and act on the progress of content development of subjects offered in academic programmes.
  • To review and make recommendations to Senate on learning resources including the library and learning management system.
  • To recommend to Senate the appointments of programme External Examiners
  • To submit report to the Senate all decisions and recommendations for approval

Composition:

  • Deputy President (Chair)
  • All Deans and academic Centre Directors
  • Chief Librarian
  • General Manager, Content Development Unit
  • Appointed Professor / Associate Professor
  • Registrar
  • Senior Executive, Deputy President's Office (Secretary, non-voting)

Postgraduate Studies Committee

A standing committee of Senate, reporting to Senate.

  • To establish policies, procedures and mechanisms for promoting and managing postgraduate programmes of an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or inter-university postgraduate dimensions, which are under the supervision of the School of Graduate Studies.
     
  • To establish university-wide standards and procedures for the evaluation of all postgraduate work, including theses, dissertations, project papers, and reports.
     
  • To establish university-wide standards and policies which ensure that postgraduate programme supervisors, instructors, and facilitators have the requisite qualifications and experience.
     
  • To conduct a periodic academic appraisals of all postgraduate programmes.