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Academic Council

What is Academic Council?

Academic Council is a subgroup of Student Council and is made up of your Education Officer, Postgraduate Officer and Faculty Representatives. It is a forum to discuss, debate and vote on the issues that impact your academic experience at Warwick, providing direction to enacting change and co-creating education.

Academic Council ensures that your academic interests are effectively represented in both the Union and the University. The members of Academic Council support and empower Course Reps to achieve the best for their cohort and work collectively to ensure that your voice is heard at a faculty and university level.

More specifically, Academic Council:

  • Supports your Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer on their manifestos and mandated activities;

  • Holds your Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer to account ensure they are working for you;

  • Proposes motions and ideas to direct the Union's activities around your academic interests and experience, as well as proposing amendments to motions you may have submitted;

  • Reviews current policies to make sure they are up to date, and looks out for your interests.

If you have any questions about Academic Council, please email your Student Officers or the Democracy Team who will be happy to help.

Who attends Academic Council?

Academic Council has 18 set members who are expected to attend each meeting. They are the:

  • Education Officer

  • Postgraduate Officer

  • 5 Faculty of Arts Faculty Reps

  • 5 Faculty of Social Science Faculty Reps

  • 6 Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine Faculty Reps

Each Faculty Exec has a number of Faculty Representative places that are reserved for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students. These places are reserved to ensure that the voice and academic interests of all student types at Warwick are included in discussions. However, Faculty Reps are there to represent the academic interests of all students in their faculty, and not just the type their roles are reserved for.

What are Faculty Execs?

The Academic Council has 3 subgroups, which are the Exec for each faculty. Collectively, they support the work of your Course Reps and Student Officers to ensure your academic interests are heard.

They focus on the academic experience of those in their faculty and report their activities to Academic Council. These activities include providing strategic direction for Course Reps and SSLCs within their faculty, leading on student voice mechanisms like Faculty Forums, and consulting on proposed motions and changes to the academic experience.

You can read about each of the Faculty Execs below.

The Faculty of Art Exec represents the academic interests of all students in their faculty, from Classics and Ancient History to Modern Languages and Cultures. They do this by supporting your Course Reps, collecting your views at Faculty Forums and representing your voice at faculty meetings.

This Faculty Exec has 5 members, who are:

  • Faculty Representative (Undergradaute reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Taught reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Research reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (2 x open places)

These roles are typically elected in Term 1 (Autumn Term) each academic year. The chair of the exec, decided by the other members of the exec, also co-chairs Academic Council and is a rolling member of Student Council.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine Exec represents the academic interests of all students in their faculty from Mechanical Engineering to Medicine. They do this by supporting your Course Reps, collecting your views at Faculty Forums and representing your voice at faculty meetings.

This Faculty Exec has six members who are:

  • Faculty Representative (Undergradaute reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Taught reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Research reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Two Open places)

These roles are typically elected in term 1 (Autumn Term) each academic year. The chair of the exec, decided by the members of the exec, also co-chairs Academic Council and is a rolling member of Student Council.

The Faculty of Social Science Exec represents the academic interests of all students in their faculty from Economics to Sociology. They do this by supporting your Course Reps, collecting your views at Faculty Forums and representing your voice at faculty meetings.

This Faculty Exec has five members who are:

  • Faculty Representative (Undergradaute reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Taught reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Postgraduate Research reserved place)

  • Faculty Representative (Two Open places)

These roles are typically elected in term 1 (Autumn Term) each academic year. The chair of the exec, decided by the members of the exec, also co-chairs Academic Council and is a rolling member of Student Council.