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Departmental Organisation

Head of Department

Overall responsibility for the Department's teaching and student assessment is carried by the Head of Department. S/he is advised by the Physics Management Committee, which meets each month to decide on departmental strategy. S/he delegates responsibility to the Staff Meeting, the Education Committee and the Director of Studies.

Staff Meetings

All staff members attend Staff Meetings. There is one scheduled meeting each term with additional meetings when these are required. The meeting receives reports from the Education Committee, Head of Administration, Head of Department, Research Committee, Safety Officer and representatives of other groups within the department.

Director of Studies

The Director of Studies (DoS) is responsible for dealing with the implementation of all u/g teaching policies and the day-to-day running of the u/g teaching. The DoS is also responsible for allocating teaching duties to staff members; coordinating the review of the Department's teaching; preparing all formal documentation for the Faculty Education Committee relating to new modules and to major changes to the Department's teaching; and coordinating the preparation of the Department's reports for the ITLR, Institute of Physics accreditation etc.

Senior Tutor

The Senior Tutor is responsible for coordinating the support for students with special needs, overseeing the intervention strategy for students falling behind with coursework, running our VLE (Moodle). The Senior Tutor organises a programme of events to encourage social interaction of staff and students.

Education Committee

The Education Committee (EC) decides on the undergraduate curriculum. Its decisions are audited by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Its members include the Director of Studies, the Examinations Coordinator, the Head of Department, the Head of Laboratories, the Senior Tutor and student representatives. The EC coordinates the curriculum design and content; approves any changes to the Department's teaching policies and the overall Aims and Learning Outcomes of the degree courses; considers suggestions from students and staff about how teaching and assessment can be improved; reviews students' pathways and year-to-year progression; approves all changes to the curriculum and informs the Faculty Education Committee; keeps staff and students informed of developments both within the department and outside. There are three working groups, which report to the EC on Laboratory teaching, on Computing and on Student Outcomes