Terms of reference

1.1    Taking into account at all times the range of future environments in which the School might find itself operating, and within the overall planning framework determined by the Council, the strategic remit of the APRC is:

(a)   to assess and build on the School’s existing strengths;

(b)   to facilitate initiatives that re-enforce and extend such strengths and apply them to new opportunities;

(c)   to identify and seek to rectify the School’s weaknesses.

1.2    In pursuance of 1.1 above, the APRC has the responsibility:

(a)   periodically to set and publicise a strategic framework against which proposals with consequences for expenditure or income generation will be assessed, in respect of which:

(i)   the APRC will periodically review the range of future medium-term environments in which the School might operate, and propose priorities and general principles to inform decision-taking in the School;

(ii)    the report on priorities shall be subject to confirmation by the Academic Board and Council and be publicised to the School community, together with the associated framework of priorities and principles of the APRC for assessing resource-related proposals;

(iii)   an annual stock-taking presentation will be made to a special meeting of the Academic Board, with other issues the APRC wishes to raise being brought to the Board at ordinary meetings as required with the agreement of the Agenda Committee;

(iv)  the APRC will have responsibility for monitoring the implementation and achievement of policies agreed to achieve strategic priorities.

(b)   to receive proposals with substantial income or expenditure consequences from various sources within the School, and, within the financial framework approved by the Council, recommend their acceptance, revision, or rejection by reference to the strategic framework and current position of the School.

(c)   to oversee the periodic reviews of performance of academic and service units of the School as the basis for the allocation of resources for staffing and other expenditure, and for the promotion of academic objectives, taking into account previous and current plans of the units under review.

1.3   The APRC also has the responsibility:

(a)   to advise the Academic Board and Council on the establishment or dis-establishment of Departments, Institutes and services and in exceptional circumstances, of Research Centres.

(b)   to oversee the preparation of the School’s responses to major external enquiries in the field of institutional planning and development.

(c)   to determine overall student number targets and their broad distribution within the framework determined by the Council, together with decisions or guidance on admissions targets as appropriate.

(d)   to regularly update and inform relevant committees of important business being considered by APRC in particular Finance Committee (FC), Academic Board and Council.

(e)   to ensure value for money is delivered (especially in relation to the use of public funds), including consideration of the School’s purchasing activity on an annual basis.

(f)    to decide the allocations for the School funded scholarship and bursary schemes and consider proposals for any new scholarship and bursary schemes within the framework and guidance from Finance Committee and Council.