Academic Council Election Guidelines.


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Nomination forms must be returned to Director of Elections, Secretary/ Financial Controller, c/o Margaret Davis, F block before 12 noon on Tuesday, 12th March 2013. Late nominations will not be accepted. Invalid nominations will not be posted for election.

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Academic Council Election Guidelines.

  1. 1. Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Academic Council elections. Spring 2013 th[Issue 2 6 March 2013]Current activity:Final lists of electors are now on display in the foyer of C Block, and will be displayed until 12 thnoon Tuesday, 12 March 2013.Two lists are displayed, one for each of the four separate elections to be conducted: Female student list Male student listWhat you must do now:You are invited to nominate individuals as candidates for election from within the list ofelectors containing your name.To nominate a person please complete the relevant nomination form which can be obtainedfrom Margaret Davis, Block F. The nomination form must be signed by the candidatenominated, the nominator proposing that candidate and at least one seconder.Two separate nomination forms are available. Please ensure you use the correct one: Nomination paper for female student Nomination paper for male studentPlease note that a candidate may nominate him/herself, but in all cases a seconder isrequired. Candidates may be only be nominated and seconded by eligible electors from thecandidate’s voting panel. In the event of a candidate being nominated by another elector, thecandidate must signify their agreement to being nominated in writing on the nomination form.Nomination forms must be returned to Director of Elections, Secretary/ FinancialController, c/o Margaret Davis, F block before 12 noon on Tuesday, 12th March 2013.Late nominations will not be accepted. Invalid nominations will not be posted for election.BackgroundThe Academic Council is a statutory body responsible for academic matters within theInstitute. It has the major task of formulating and implementing the Institute’s academicpolicies. The Academic Council is responsible for the quality of all academic activities withinthe Institute. The activities of the Academic Council will directly impinge on the Institute’sfuture as an effective academic community.The Academic Council must, therefore;  Have a strong, high profile within the Institute so that staff see it as a major instrument of academic direction and policy and a desirable body of which to be a member.  Be accessible to all staff through courses or other boards, committees, elected representatives and senior staff.  The Academic Council is the body through which the Institute’s academic reputation will be established. The ultimate authority for the Academic Council is the Governing Body whose role should be supportive rather than regulatory in nature.
  2. 2. Terms of reference of the Academic Council (from section 10 of Regional TechnicalColleges Act 1992) - (1) Each college shall have an Academic Council appointed by the Governing Body to assist it in the planning, co-ordination, development and overseeing of the educational work of the college and to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the courses and the activities of the college. - ( 2 ) ( a ) Each Governing Body may by regulations made under this section provide for the membership and terms of office of the Academic Council. - ( b ) The majority of members shall be holders of academic appointments within the college and at least one shall be a registered student of the college. - ( c ) The members appointed to the Academic Council shall hold office for a period of three years and shall be eligible for reappointment. - (3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) the Academic Council shall have the following particular functions- - ( a ) to design, develop and assist in implementing courses of study in accordance with the programmes and budget approved annually under section 13 of this Act and consistent with the functions of the college; - ( b ) to make recommendations to the Governing Body for the establishment of appropriate structures to implement the courses of study referred to at paragraph (a) of this subsection; - ( c ) to make recommendations to the Governing Body on programmes for research and development work; - ( d ) to make recommendations to the Governing Body for the selection, admission, retention and exclusion of students; - ( e ) be responsible, subject to the approval of the Governing Body, for making the academic regulations of the college; - ( f ) to propose to the Governing Body, subject to the requirements of the National Council for Educational Awards or any university or other authority to which section 5 (1) (b) applies, the form of regulations to be made by the governing body for the conduct of examinations and for the evaluation of academic progress; - ( g ) to make recommendations to the Governing Body for the award of scholarships, prizes or other awards; - ( h ) to make general arrangements for tutorial or other academic counselling; - ( i ) to exercise any other functions, consistent with this Act, which may be delegated to it by the Governing Body; - ( j ) to assist in implementing any regulations which may be made by the Governing Body concerning any of the matters aforesaid. - (4) The Academic Council, with the approval of the Governing Body, may- - ( a ) establish such and so many committees, consisting either wholly or partly of persons who are not members of the college, as it thinks proper to assist the Academic Council in the performance of its functions under this Act, and - ( b ) determine, subject to the provisions of this Act, the functions of any committee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection. - (5) The acts of a committee established under subsection (4) (a) shall be subject to confirmation by the Governing Body unless the Governing Body dispenses with the necessity for such confirmation. - (6) Subject to the provisions of this Act and to the directions of the Governing Body, the Academic Council may regulate its own procedure.
  3. 3. Academic Council Elections 2013 ScheduleProvisional Lists of Electors posted Wednesday 27 February 2013Latest time for representations to be made Tuesday 5 March 2013 by 12 noonFinal Lists of Electors posted Wednesday 6 March 2013Latest time for receipt of nominations Tuesday 12 March 2013 by 12 noonList of nominated candidates posted Wednesday 13 March 2013Elections Wednesday 20 March 2013Posting of results Friday 22 March 2013 Election groupings Elections are to be held for the appointment of the following to the Academic Council of the Institute.Two persons, one male representative and one female, who are members of the student 2body elected by the student body in accordance with these regulations. The student body forthis purpose shall comprise the registered students of the Institute and the full-time officersof any student representative body recognised by the Governing Body for this purpose. Aperson elected to the academic council through this process shall be deemed to haveresigned his/her place on ceasing to be a registered student or a full-time officer of arecognised student representative body. The election shall provide for one male and onefemale alternate who will assume a place on the council vacated for any reason by theperson first elected. Membership term This series of elections is for the following term: Student representatives 1 September 2013 to 30 June 2014