Please click on the documents under 'Related Resources' to view the Standing Orders of the Board of the Faculty of Law, and the current membership of the Board and its committees.

The Governance Structure of the Faculty of Law

The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor Anne Davies.  She is the Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Law and provides academic and strategic leadership to the Faculty of Law.  She represents the Faculty at a divisional, university, national and international level on matters of importance and relevance to the teaching and research of Law, and builds relationships with other institutions, including Law firms and other key donors.

The Law Board is an elected body of people who take key decisions on behalf of the Faculty, in response to recommendations from the Faculty committees or in response to directives and requests from the University.  Any member of the Faculty is eligible to be nominated for membership of the Board, and nominations go through the Elections Office in the University.  The Dean can also co-opt up to four further members each year.  If more than one nomination were received for a place on the Board, the University would organise a full election for that place, though this is unusual.  In practice, nominations are not contested, and are normally signed by four members of the Personnel Committee.

The Law Board also appoints the members to its various standing committees, which are given responsibility for matters ranging from Planning and Resources to Personnel, Graduate Studies to Undergraduate Studies, Examining to Equality and Diversity.  Most committees are chaired by one of our Associate Deans (see below).  The committees are required to report to the Law Board in writing, and the Board meets twice a term to consider issues brought to it from those committees.

The Vice Dean and Associate Deans

Since 2015, following a review of the governance of the Faculty, Law has had the following administrative structure in place:

  • Vice Dean (previously Vice Chair of Law Board) - responsible for academic and research staff, including recruitment, progression and personnel issues; leave, buyouts, and subject requirements.  Chairs the Personnel Committee and Equality and Diversity Committee.
  • Associate Dean for Development and Communications – with the Dean, leads the Faculty in establishing fundraising priorities, provides academic input into the Faculty’s fundraising strategy and the stewardship of donors; academic and strategic oversight of communications (including key publications, such as Law News, our termly eBulletins, and the website).  Chairs the Communications and Web Advisory Group.
  • Associate Dean for Research – chairs the Research Committee; develops the research strategy for the Faculty for both staff and research students; manages the Research Excellence Framework submission; advises and promotes the work of the research centres and other research activity; facilitates research groupings and seeks to build institutional frameworks.
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies - chairs the Undergraduate Studies Committee, and through that ensures that satisfactory arrangements are in place for the admission, teaching and assessment of undergraduate students; undertakes undergraduate academic planning and relevant engagement with professional bodies; and provides strategic direction for the Faculty’s undergraduate courses. 
  • Associate Deans for Graduate Students – Taught and Research – these two Associate Deans alternatively chair the Graduate Studies Committee and provide strategic direction for the Faculty’s graduate taught courses and research degrees respectively; ensure that satisfactory arrangements are in place for the admission, teaching, supervision and assessment of postgraduate students; and oversee the award of scholarships and bursaries.

A list of all the Faculty Officers is available here.

The administrative support, lead by the Head of Administration and Finance, is organised in such a way as to be aligned with the roles of the Dean, Associate Deans and other Faculty Officers.  The new website is key to improving the transparency of the work of each member of support staff and helping to communicate the underlying structure and purpose of the Faculty administration team, as well as making processes and policies more accessible to the Faculty.

Student representation

The Law Faculty places a good deal of importance on the contribution students make to the Faculty’s decision-making processes, and we value the contributions students make to the various Faculty meetings to which they are invited.   

Each of our courses has a student representative who is invited to attend the Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies Committee as applicable, the Equality and Diversity Committee, and the unreserved section of the Law Board meetings.  Undergraduate student representatives will also be members of the Law Joint Consultative Committee (LJCC), comprising the Presidents of the law societies in each College. Further information about the LJCC can be found on WebLearn here.  The Committee for Library Provision in Law also has positions for both undergraduate and graduate representatives.

The role of student representatives (as defined by the Oxford University Student Union) is to regularly seek out the views and opinions of the students they represent on all matters concerning their student experience; bring course-level issues and concerns raised by the students they represent to meetings of the JCC/GJCC or equivalent; attend and contribute, as far as possible, to any other meetings with staff to which they are invited; ensure that they are prepared for meetings by reading papers and consulting with the students they represent on the issues to be discussed; provide feedback back to the students they represent on the outcomes of meetings; liaise with other course representatives to form a picture of the views of the department student body; and attend training for course representatives provided by OUSU.

 Charlotte Vinnicombe, Head of Administration and Finance

October 2017