roles and responsibilities roles and responsibilities

Below are some of the more prominent roles in the School, but for a complete list of all leadership roles in the School and the current role holder's contact details, please refer to the Roles and Responsibilities document.

Head of School Head of School

  • Represents the School at University level, Faculty level and externally, and to promote the School’s academic reputation
  • To provide the School with academic and professional leadership congruent with the University’s corporate goals for excellence in Teaching and Research
  • To take responsibility for the overall management of the School

Admissions Director Admissions Director

Advisers and Senior Advisers Advisers and Senior Advisers

The Senior Adviser oversees the Advising system in the School and will assist Personal Advisers where appropriate (

Undergraduate students are allocated Personal Advisers by the Senior Adviser ready for the start of each academic year.

Every full-time member of faculty can expect to act as the Adviser for up to seven students. Each student normally has the same Adviser for the duration of their degree. Postgraduate Course Directors should allocate advisers from their course team, supported by the Postgraduate Senior Adviser if necessary. 

Advisers provide pastoral support and general academic guidance, helping the students to study effectively, interpret their assessment results and get the most from the course. Being familiar with the relevant course and with MED and UEA’s support systems is key to this role. Advisers are required to keep a record of contact with their Advisees on eVision, where you can also view the profile and academic progress of your Advisees.

More information on the role of advisers can be found on the portal, under The Advising System.

Student Support Services provide English language support for students. More information is available on the English Language Support Programme section of the Portal.

Chair of Examiners Chair of Examiners

The Chair of a Board of Examiners is responsible for recommending the appointment of external examiners and liaising with them to ensure that:

  • course material is sent on appointment
  • a timetable for the moderation of course material is agreed on appointment
  • the date for the meeting of the Board of Examiners’ is agreed in advance
  • matters concerning the moderation of degree programmes are addressed
  • draft exam question papers are sent for approval
  • markers submit marks in accordance with the University’s timetable
  • the mark entry process is satisfactory, liaising with the Administrator
  • documentation for presentation to the Board of Examiners is checked and verified, liaising with the Administrator
  • they are familiar with the Code of Practice for the External Examiner System
  • Involvement with disciplinary matters including appeals and complaints as appropriate.

Please note: CSED offer a training course for all examination board members.

Course Directors Course Directors

Course Directors plan, organise and oversee delivery of the degree courses, and provide information for the monitoring and evaluation of degree courses.  Update profiles and course profiles annually.  Write the Course Review report and other documentation as appropriate.  

Director of Learning and Teaching Director of Learning and Teaching

  • Assist Head of School and School Board in the development, update and implementation of School learning and teaching strategies, liaising with Course Directors and with Chairs of Boards of Examiners
  • Disseminate and implement across the School, the University’s policies and codes of practices with regards to learning, teaching and quality and to ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place
  • Ensure processes for obtaining student evaluation of provision and for feedback to students are carried out (for MB BS, delegated to Course Director)
  • Member of the Faculty’s Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee

Director of Research Director of Research

  • Provides a focus for research issues within MED
  • Chair of School’s Research Executive receives reports on research matters
  • Co-ordinates the REF submission and research profiles (although this role may be delegated to another)
  • Reports to the MED School Board.

Faculty and School Managers Faculty and School Managers

Faculty Manager

Runs the School as a business in partnership with Head of School and Heads of Divisions, Associate Deans and other academic directors.

School Manager

Ensuring high quality teaching and learning, research and operations, in partnership with academic staff, central divisions and external partners.

Team and Operations Coordinator

Coordinating effective support for the School’s day to day business, forward planning, new projects and strategy.

Module Organisers Module Organisers

Module Organisers (also referred to as Module Leads) are responsible for the planning, organisation and delivery of the Module including timetabling and publishing reading lists, ensuring exam and reassessment questions are set and marked, the completion of module updates and reviews. The MB BS has a detailed role description for Module Organisers. Module organisers for other programmes should refer to the University guidance. For further guidance please speak to your Course Director or the Director of Learning & Teaching. 

CSED also offer training for this role. Details of any current courses can be found on the Discover CSED portal pages.

Research Degree Student Supervisors Research Degree Student Supervisors

Each student must have a supervisory team of at least two research-active teachers, including a primary supervisor.  Research-active members of faculty are encouraged to participate in the supervision of research students.  All academic staff with doctorates, including staff with research experience, should aim to supervise at least one research student in a subject relevant to the School’s research strategy.

  • The Head of School considers research student supervision when considering workloads
  • School funding of research will be linked to an understanding that individuals will normally involve a PhD student in their work
  • Supervision of doctoral students will also be a matter considered in staff development and appraisals
  • Supervisors will normally be limited to three full-time PhD/MPhil students (this excludes full-time MSc students).