councilThe Council is the supreme body of the British Institute of Technology England and with the support of the minutes from the Executive Board, Academic Board, Learning and Quality Committee, Staff Meeting, Report from Vice Chancellor, Report from Academic Registrar; it approves the Vision, Mission and Strategic Direction of the Institute.

More specifically the Council will:

– Offer advice on the content of the Strategic Plan of BITE including the Vision, Mission and overall Strategic Direction and confirm that it has been produced following best business practice. It is envisaged that this will include the choice of Key Performance Indicators generated by the Strategic Plan, monitoring the performance of BITE against its Key Performance Indicators on a bi-annual basis;

– Advise on the organisation and management structure developed to deliver the Strategic Plan and confirm that it adheres to best business practice;

– Approve on all the major strategies of BITE including the Research Strategy, Marketing Strategy and Brand, Consultancy Strategy, Academic Development, Assessment and Quality Assurance;

– Approve all the QA policies and procedures of BITE and monitor regularly the academic performance, standards and quality of the Institute.

The Council meets twice a year and the membership includes:

Chancellor – Earl of Erroll (Lord Merlin Erroll)

Sir Graeme Davies

Professor Muhammad Farmer MIoD, FCMI, FRSM, CMgr (BITE)

– Dr Peter Robinson (former employee of BBC)

– Ms Marilyn Rushton

– Student President, Independent Member

Former Members:

Dr Lawrence Roberts (Former Director of Arpanet, US)

Baroness Jenny Tonge

– Mr Aman Dalvi (OBE)

Sir Adrian Webb

– Professor Leslie Hobson

– Dr Anne Wright

– Professor John Porter

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham (Step down as member in May 2018)

Executive Board

The executive board makes the financial, resources, strategic and institutional development decisions, this includes:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Review of Higher Education provisions
  3. Review of Further Education provisions
  4. Marketing strategy
  5. Risk assessment
  6. Review progress on management account, annual budgeting.
  7. Consideration of internal audit report
  8. Staff welfare and staff availability assessment
  9. Review of physical and digital resources
  10. Consultancy and research

Academic Board

The Academic Board deals with all academic matters of the British Institute of Technology England (BITE) and guards the academic integrity and quality of its higher education programmes. The Academic Board reports directly to the BITE Executive Board. Its work is overseen by the Council which may, in turn, advise the Executive Board on any aspect of the work carried out by the Academic Board. The Academic Board meets three times a year, and is responsible for:

  1. Approving all programmes of study leading to awards of the awarding body of the British Institute of Technology, England and all significant amendments thereto, including the conditions and arrangements for all assessments.
  2. Regulating all instructions, teaching, assessment and research within the British Institute of Technology, England (for example, through the approval of the learning and teaching and assessment strategies).
  3. Setting the criteria, procedures and guidelines for the assurance of the quality and standards of all programmes of study in response to recommendations of the Learning and Quality Committee.
  4. Receiving and approving the recommendations arising from validation and review panels appointed by the Learning and Quality Committee.
  5. Approving any recommendations arising from external reviews of the British Institute of Technology, England higher education provision having taken account of the advice from the Council.
  6. Receiving reports relating to both relevant developments and best practice in terms of quality assurance and enhancement and also the external benchmarking of BITE provision, and approving any recommendations arising regarding significant changes to policies and regulations.
  7. Prescribing the entry requirements and other general conditions for admission to programmes of study in response to supporting recommendations.
  8. Approving arrangements for the regulation and superintendence of the education and discipline of students.
  9. Approving the criteria for the appointment of tutors and examiners (including external examiners).
  10. Receiving an annual report on the recruitment and retention of students.
  11. Approving the outcomes arising from the annual monitoring of programmes.
  12. Receiving reports and approving any supporting recommendations from programme committee, external examiners report and annual review.
  13. Noting the conditions for the conferment (or revocation) of all academic awards and other distinctions and approving the conferment of degrees and any linked professional awards.
  14. Prescribing arrangements for the manner of, and ceremony for, the conferment of degrees and the style of academic dress of the British Institute of Technology, England.
  15. Approving and monitoring the operation of, the academic appeals and complaints procedures governing students registered on BITE programmes of study, including the hearing of any final appeals following the conclusion of all other internal procedures.
  16. Approving all collaborative arrangements in respect of the delivery of programmes of study.
  17. Prescribing, subject to advice from the Council, terms and conditions for the award of scholarships, studentships, bursaries, prizes and any other such recognition.
  18. Setting, on the recommendation of the Learning and Quality Committee, conditions for the appointment of academic centres and approving the appointment of any such new centres.
  19. Approving the appointment of the chair of the Learning and Quality Committee and changes to those committees’ established compositions or terms of reference.
  20. To direct and regulate all instruction and teaching of the Institute, both internal and extra-mural and the examinations held by the Institute.
  21. To promote research within the Institute and to require reports from time to time on such research.
  22. To regulate schemes of study and examinations leading to such degrees and other awards of the Partner University.
  23. To award subject to any conditions acceptable to the Council, donations that might be made such as Fellowships, Studentships, Scholarships, Exhibitions, Bursaries, Prizes and other such grants, for the encouragement of study and research; and to determine the times, modes and conditions of competition therefore and to award the same.

Learning and Quality Committee

The learning and Quality Committee is responsible to oversee and act on matters arising in the following areas:

Academic Review

– HE and FE Programmes

– Review of AMRs, EE reports and PL Student feedback reports

Review of information in the public domain

– QAA Monitoring Visit preparation

– Staff research and staff development update

– Review of marketing and admissions

Student welfare

Health and Safety issues  

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee meeting consider the following:

– Programme Delivery


– Comments from Lectures

– Comments from Student Representative

– Public Information