Terms of reference

Terms of Reference

1. To be the body responsible for policy issues in respect of the annual Promotion and Review Round for Academic Staff; and to consider and approve revisions to policy and procedures recommended to it by the Promotions Committee. In that context, the Committee shall,
  • receive an annual report of the decisions made by the Promotions Committee in respect of individual members of staff for Interim Review, Major Review and Promotions.
  • approve annually the membership of the Promotions Committee.
  • approve annually renewal of Visiting Professor appointments.
  • keep under review the School’s Academic Career Development Scheme and LSE Fellow Career Development Scheme.

2. To be the body responsible for policy issues relating to the recruitment of academic staff, including conditions of appointment, strategies for retention, and to receive regular reports of new academic appointments. In that context, the Committee shall,

  • receive an annual report from the VCAC on the general pattern of quality and procedures for appointments across and within the School.

3. To be the body responsible for policy issues relating to research staff. In that context, the Committee shall,

  • receive an annual report from the Research Staff Committee on the profile of research staff at the School.
  • receive an annual report on the business of the Research Staff Committee.

4. To consider and make recommendations on any other policy matters which have a bearing on its work that may be referred to it by the Director, the VCAC, and other School committees.

5. The Appointments Committee will retain the power to establish ad hoc sub-committees to look into any areas of concern arising over time, or to examine a particular aspect of policy in-depth.

Committee Membership

Membership of the Appointments Committee comprises the Director (Chair), the three Pro Directors, the VCAC, all members of the School's professoriate and non-professorial Heads of Department. The Appointments Committee is advisory to the Director, by whom that advice is conveyed to the Governors. 

Meeting Frequency

The Appointments Committee meets once per session in the Summer term. The meeting follows the conclusion of the annual schedule of business of the Promotions Committee. Departments/Institutes are asked to ensure that, at minimum, one professor is in attendance.  

The system of voluntary membership will be kept under review. A system of appointed membership will be considered if the system of voluntary attendance proves unsuccessful. 

Last modified: 15 June 2009

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