1.1 Taking into account at all times the range of future environments in which the School might find itself operating, and within the overall planning framework determined by the Council, the strategic remit of the APRC is:
(a) To assess and build on the School’s existing strengths;
(b) To facilitate initiatives that re-enforce and extend such strengths and apply them to new opportunities;
(c) To identify and seek to rectify the School’s weaknesses.
1.2 In pursuance of 1.1 above, the APRC has the responsibility:
(a) To ensure that the Committee's activities are consistent with the strategy developed by senior management and approved by Council;
(b) To receive proposals with substantial income or expenditure consequences from various sources within the School, and, within the financial framework approved by Council, recommend their acceptance, revision, or rejection by reference to the strategic framework and current position of the School;
(c) To oversee the periodic reviews of academic units of the School as the basis for the allocation of resources for staffing and other expenditure, and for the promotion of academic objectives, taking into account previous and current plans of the units under review;
(d) To gain assurance from senior management that the periodic reviews of performance of service units of the School are being undertaken with an awareness and promotion of relevant academic objectives;
(e) To present an annual stock-taking report to the Academic Board, with other issues the APRC wishes to raise being brought to the Board at ordinary meetings as required with the agreement of the Agenda Committee.
1.3 The APRC also has the responsibility:
(a) To advise the Academic Board and Council on the establishment or dis-establishment of Departments, Institutes and services and in exceptional circumstances, of Research Centres;
(b) To oversee the preparation of the School’s responses to major external enquiries in the field of institutional planning and development;
(c) To determine overall student number targets and their broad distribution within the framework determined by Council, together with decisions or guidance on admissions targets as appropriate;
(d) To advise Council on fee charging practices and recommend fee levels to Council;
(e) To regularly update and inform relevant committees of important business being considered by APRC in particular Finance and Estates Committee (FEC), Academic Board and Council;
(f) To ensure value for money is delivered (especially in relation to the use of public funds);
(g) To decide the allocations for the School-funded scholarship schemes within the framework and guidance from Finance and Estates Committee and Council.