University Steering Group (USG)
Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, the
University Steering Group (USG) is the executive leadership team which
meets fortnightly during term time and advises the Vice-Chancellor on
matters relating to the management of the University. USG prepares and
recommends to Council the University's strategic plan and the annual budget
and resource allocation and then reviews and monitors implementation of the
approved plans and budgets throughout the year.
The University of Essex has three Faculties:
Each Faculty is headed by an
Executive Dean. A Faculty Steering Group meets regularly and
- Executive Dean (chair);
- Head of Departments/Schools (and Centres where applicable) within
- Deputy Dean (Education); and
- Faculty Manager
The Executive Dean has line management responsibility of the Deputy
Dean (Education) and the Heads of Departments (and Centres) within the
Faculty. The Executive Dean is supported by and works closely with the
Faculty Manager, who in turn co-ordinates the Faculty Support Team.
The Education Committee is responsible to Senate for the development and
recommendation for approval by Senate of the University’s Education Strategy
and for oversight and monitoring of the strategy’s effective implementation.
The Committee has a number of key responsibilities in relation to the
University’s commitment to excellence in Education, including consideration
of issues related to all aspects of Education policy and practice across all
University awards and oversight of the quality of the student experience in
the broadest sense.
Faculty Education Committee
Each of the three Faculties has a Faculty Education Committee, which is
responsible for oversight and delivery of all aspects of the University’s
Education Strategy within the Faculty. Reporting to the Education Committee,
the Faculty Education Committees provide a forum for discussion of student
and Education-related matters in the Faculty and strengthen academic links
between Departments, Schools and Centres within the Faculty, across the
University and with collaborative partners. The Committees also recommend
for approval by the Academic Quality and Standards Committee proposals to
establish and to discontinue all taught programmes of study within the
Faculty and ensure the effective implementation within the Faculty of the
University’s policies and procedures for assuring academic quality and
standards and enhancing academic quality and the student experience.
Chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Research Committee has
oversight of research strategy at University and departmental levels. On behalf
of Senate, the Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing progress
and development of the University's research performance and for preparing the
University's submission to the Research Excellence Framework. The Committee has
a number of key responsibilities in relation to the University’s commitment to
excellence in research, including establishing and promoting models of good
practice for the management of research and advising departments on the
strategic use of the centrally-provided research funds available to them.