Learning & Teaching Committee Terms of Reference

1. Purpose
The purpose of this committee is to develop ideas surrounding the development, promotion and performance of Learning and Teaching International Studies and to make recommendations on Learning and Teaching to Executive committee. 
2. Functions
  • To foster and support the learning and teaching of International Studies in whatever form at all stages of the educational system, from primary to tertiary levels.
  • To promote the practice of excellent teaching standards and to enhance the value attached to teaching in the wider International Studies profession.
  • To consider mechanisms to disseminate good practice in learning and teaching across the International Studies community.
  • To consider and make recommendations on the development of the learning resources to support the learning and teaching in the wider International Studies community.
  • To provide information and advice to Government, the teaching and funding agencies, the media and all those involved in teaching and learning guidance.
  • To advise the Executive Committee on appropriate resources and the mechanisms required to realise the educational objectives of the Association.
  • To maintain good working relationships with the PSA Learning and Teaching committee and working group.
Awards & Prizes
  • Oversee the appointment to and workings of the sub-committees concerned with the two learning and teaching prizes
  • Report the names of the winners to Executive Committee
  • Report to Executive committee on the progress with the Awards and inform the Executive committee of any issues that may arise in relation to the nomination and awarding processes.
3. Responsible to:
The main Executive committee
4. Composition 
  • The composition of the Committee is between 3 and 6 members. 
  • A majority of the members of the Committee must be members of the Executive committee
  • The members of the Committee will be: 
  • The learning and teaching chair
  • Executive committee members min 3
5. Appointment of Members and Chair 
  • The members of the Committee are appointed by the Executive committee chair and may be removed at any time by the Executive committee. They are generally appointed to the Committee for an anticipated term of 2 years. 
  • The Chair of the Committee may arrange for another member of the Executive committee to chair a meeting of the Committee which s/he is unable to attend. 
  • Members who are unable to attend a meeting may not appoint an alternate. 
6. Quorum 
A quorum for the Committee is half the members of the committee.
7. Notice of Meetings 
Meetings of the Committee are arranged by the Chair. 
Unless otherwise agreed by the Committee, notice of each meeting confirming: 
  • the time and date; 
  • the venue or electronic access arrangements; 
  • the agenda of the main items to be discussed; are forwarded to each member of the Committee, and to any other person attending, at least 2 working days before the date of the meeting. Supporting papers are uploaded to the drop box and sent to other attendees as appropriate, at the same time or as soon as practicable.
8. Records of Meetings 
The Chair of the Committee is responsible for ensuring that brief notes are made of: 
  • the attendees at; 
  • the decisions made by; and 
  • the significant conclusions and action points arising from; the meetings and activities of the Committee. 
These are circulated to the other members of the Committee as soon as practicable, and subsequently presented to the Executive committee at the main meeting the following day.
9. Attendance at Meetings 
Only members of the Committee have the right to attend Committee meetings. However, other individuals such as other members of the Executive committee, the Chief Executive Officer, other members of staff and external parties may be invited to attend all or part of any meeting as and when appropriate.
May 2014
British International Studies Association
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