The Students’ Union has representatives on many Committees where your thoughts are shared with the College. Although not formally present at all those listed below, the basic organisational structure is as follows:
The day-to-day management and direction of the Students’ Union is delegated from the Board of Trustees to the elected Students’ Union Executive Committee. Chaired by the President, the other four officers of the Union are also members and the Chief Executive attends in an advisory and reporting capacity.
The Executive must meet at least fortnightly (although it actually meets weekly) and the agenda covers the Union’s development, business management, finance and resources, events, campaigns, student representation and issues to be raised at other meetings.
All student officers are required to:
ensure the notion of students first is central
provide effective representation for all members
be accountable to all students for their actions
ensure that a genuine spirit of equal opportunity and diversity pervades the union and to support and represent students who face discrimination
build and maintain professional working relationships with other officers, all college staff and members of other students’ unions
uphold the constitution of the students’ union and its by-laws
deliver high quality services and opportunities to all students of RWCMD
The Students’ Union Executive Committee meets twice a term with the College’s Senior Management Team.
Normally, these meetings are an opportunity to discuss longer term plans, developments and strategic issues with the College’s Management. It is also an opportunity for the Union to bring significant students issues to the attention of the College and have an opportunity to feed into wider College decisions, including issues such as the RWCMD Fee Plan.
The Union and the College has a working protocol, the Relationship Agreement 180712 , which sets out (amongst other things) the partnership, support & continuity, accountability, diversity & equality and funding.
The College Management Team is made up of the Principal, Vice Principal (Resources), Director of Music, Director of Drama, Director of Student Experience, Director of Development and Director of Academic Development.
The Meetings are an opportunity for each party to discuss current and up-coming themes and issues. Matters which require further action are then taken to the relevant Committees for discussion and/or action.
The informality of these meetings mean that issues can be discussed in an open manner and from a mutually respectful perspective. Minutes are not taken at these meetings, but action does often occur as a result.
The College’s Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Committee acts as a link between the University’s LTEC and staff and students here at RWCMD on all learning and teaching matters including new initiatives and changes in regulations.
The committee comprises of members of Academic Staff (including the Director of Music and the Director of Drama), the Director of Student Experience, the Head of Academic Services, the SU President, Library Staff and, of course, student representatives. It is chaired by Andrea Jones, Head of Undergraduate Music.
Its purpose is as follows:
To advise the College of actions to be taken to enhance learning and teaching practice
To advise the College of actions to be taken to enhance any aspect of student experience
To ensure that the College has accurate and up to date information on all aspects of the student experience
To consider any matters referred to the Committee by the Principal, Academic Board or LTEC
To report to the College Academic Board and the University LTEC
Some of the regular work includes analysing the results of the National Student Survey and preparing the College’s annual Action Plan, monitoring the Reflecting on Academic Practice scheme and promoting the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards.
It is a lively committee that thrives on a good dialogue between students and staff and the drive to improve the College experience for all students.
Academic Board is the senior College committee which has overall authority and responsibility in all academic matters.
In practice, much of its work is delegated to its sub-committees (CQAC, LTEC, Research Committee and Exam Boards) but it receives recommendations from these sub-committees and maintains a college-wide remit for all academic matters.
The Board is chaired by the Principal, draws its membership from the Senior Management of the College, the Course Leaders, elected representatives of academic staff and the President of the Students’ Union, on behalf of the students.
Although a College committee, the minutes of meetings are also presented to the University of South Wales’ Academic Board, at which matters relating to course validation, quality assurance, assessment etc. might also be discussed.
The College’s Quality Assurance Committee’s role is to co-ordinate and manage the procedures which will assure the quality and standards of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at RWCMD, receive assurances that these have been carried out and to ensure that academic standards and quality meet University standard expectations.
It also ensures that College courses adhere to Academic Regulations, responds to external quality reviews & initiatives and refers to the College’s Academic Board issues relating to the enhancement of the student experience.
The committee meets 3 times a year and students are represented by the Students’ Union President.
Board of Directors
The College has Board of Directors rather than a Board of Governors due to it’s legal status, but the function of the Board is basically the same. The Students’ Union President is a full member of the Board.
The Board of Directors is responsible for:
approving the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and ensuring that these meet the interests of stakeholders
appointing the head of the institution as chief executive of the institution and putting in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance
ensuring the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, clear procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest
monitoring institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs, which should be, where possible and appropriate, benchmarked against other institutions.
The above responsibilities are defined in the ‘Guide for Members of HE Governing Bodies in the UK’.
Where permissible, the governing body may delegate authority or allocate some of its work to committees, grant delegated authority to the chair or a committee to act on its behalf, and delegate responsibility to the executive head and officers of the institution. Such delegations must be clearly defined in writing and be formally approved by the governing body. Having delegated authority to other bodies or individuals to act on its behalf, the governing body is nevertheless still ultimately accountable and has to accept corporate responsibility for the actions taken.