Academic Board

Academic Board sits at the apex of an extensive and sophisticated system of academic governance where the delegation of specific responsibilities to its sub-committees means that the Academic Board is able to fulfil its academic governance and compliance role effectively. The committee structure is shown here.

There are over a thousand members of the Academic Board, which comprises the majority of academic and research staff, and seven student representatives.

Please refer to the Academic Board’s terms of reference below for a full description of its responsibilities.  

If you have any queries then please contact the Secretary to the Academic Board at


(a) the President and Vice Chancellor;

(b) members of academic staff, as defined by the Articles of Association;

(c) six students always including the General Secretary of the Students’ Union, the Education Officer, a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and three other students, one of whom must be a postgraduate;

(d) such other persons whose presence will contribute positively to the business under consideration, to be co-opted by agreement between the Chair and VCAB.

Terms of reference

To the Academic Board are brought all major issues of general policy affecting the academic life of the School and its development. The Academic Board is responsible  for monitoring and upholding the academic standards of the School and for regulating teaching. Specifically, its functions include:  

(a) to make periodic reviews of the scope and content of the array of taught degree programmes and component courses and to guide its future development;

(b) to authorise the award of degrees (other than honorary degrees and honorary fellowships), diplomas, certificates and other distinctions to persons who have satisfied the conditions for the award thereof as prescribed in and pursuant to the Bye-laws;

(c) to prescribe the circumstances in which a student may be required or permitted to withdraw temporarily or permanently and either conditionally or unconditionally from all or any part of his or her programme of study on grounds other than disciplinary grounds;

(d) to appoint, remove or suspend examiners;

(e) to endorse for onward transmission to Council matters affecting the School’s academic governance, management arrangements and academic strategy;

(f) to endorse for onward transmission to Council recommendations from APRC on the organisation of departments and other academic units;

(g) to approve recommendations in relation to academic and pastoral support for students as appropriate;

(h) to promote research within the School and to require reports from time to time on such research;

(i) to approve academic regulations and changes therein;

(j) to recommend changes from time to time to the School’s Bye-laws;

(k) to approve academic policies which have School-wide implications;

(l) to receive annual reports from its Standing Committees

(m) to agree with Council those matters on which it will routinely consult with the Academic Board;

(n) to declare a position on any matter of interest to the Academic Board, and bring it to the attention of Council through a resolution. 

Meeting Schedule

All Academic Board meetings will be held on Zoom for the 2023/24 academic year.

Members will recieve details on how to join via email when they receive the meeting papers. If you have not recieved details on how to access via Zoom, please contact

October 2023

  • Wednesday, 25 October 2023 at 14:00 via Zoom 

November 2023

  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023 at 14:00 via Zoom  CANCELLED

February 2024

  • Wednesday, 7 February 2024 at 14:00 via Zoom CANCELLED

March 2024

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024 at 14:00 via Zoom 

May 2024

  •  Wednesday, 8 May 2024 at 14:00 via Zoom 

June 2024

  •  Wednesday, 5 June 2024 at 14:00 via Zoom  

Deadlines for Papers

AB Agenda Committee

Academic Board

Paper deadline and papers circulated


Papers circulated


Wednesday 4 October 2023

Thursday 12 October 2023

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Thursday 16 November 2023

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Thursday 25 January 2024

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Thursday 29 February 2024

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Wednesday 17 April 2024 (out of term time)

Thursday 24 April 2024 (out of term time)

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Thursday 23 May 2024

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Deadline for Policy Questions

Policy questions should be submitted by noon on the day before the AB Agenda Committee meets.

Committees of Academic Board

Academic Board Constituency Groups

Group 1

Accounting, Finance, Management, and the Marshall Institute (also includes Financial Markets Group and Systemic Risk Centre)

Group 2

Government, International Development, European Institute, International Relations and School of Public Policy (also includes Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa (FLIA), the Middle East Centre, US Centre, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and LSE IDEAS)

Group 3

Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Philosophy Logic and Scientific Method and Methodology (also includes STICERD, CEP, IGC, CFM, Data Science Institute (DSI), and CPNSS).

Group 4

Anthropology, Gender Institute, Media and Communications, Social Policy, Health Policy, Psychological and Behavioural Science, Sociology, Languages, LSE100, and the International Inequalities Institute (also includes LSE Cities, CASE, LSE Health Care Policy and Evaluation Centre)

Group 5

Economic History, Geography and Environment, International History and Law (also includes Grantham, CCEP, What Works, and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre).