School of Social and Political Sciences - Anthropology & Social Work

School of Social and Political Sciences - Anthropology & Social Work

Consultation Panel:

  • Convener: Professor Graham Caie, Vice-Principal and Clerk of Senate
  • Robin Easton, Lay member of Court
  • Professor Bob Davis, Senior member of academic staff

Clerk: Amber Marquez-Higgins


Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

The University's Senior Management Group (SMG) has a wide range of data on the performance of individual subject areas with respect to the Key Performance Indicators contained in the strategic plan, relative performance of the unit in the last Research Assessment Exercise, current research income and publications, student demand and performance in the UK subject league tables.

The process of consultation should consider these data and also answer the following points, as a minimum, through consultation with students, the SRC, staff and other stakeholders: 

  • The SMG proposition is that the current activity is not well aligned with the University’s strategy. Is there evidence that rebuts this proposition? 
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on the student experience and the development of new interdisciplinary undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses? Are there alternative methods of addressing demand, including other providers in the City of Glasgow, the West of Scotland or Scotland? 
  • How will the education of students currently on degree programmes in the area be protected?
  • How does the current research in the unit align with the priorities of the research councils or other major funders of research?
  • What would be the impact of withdrawing/reshaping this area on the University’s interdisciplinary research agenda?
  • To what extent does research in the unit inform the development of teaching programmes in the University? Is this commensurate with an excellent research intensive university?
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on our global reach and reputation including the recruitment of international students
  • Who are the stakeholders, in addition to staff and students, who will be affected by the proposed changes? What are their views? Can their needs or wishes be met in other ways if the proposed action is taken?
  • Are there other features arising from the  University withdrawing/reshaping this activity which Court should be mindful of in terms of the University’s impact on the national and regional community?
  • Does the Equality Impact Assessment on students or staff of the proposed changes require mitigating actions to be taken?

Please remember that if you want your views to be taken into account in the first report by the consultation panel, you will need to submit written contributions, by email or letter, by 4 April 2011.

Key information

Key information

Student Consultation Meetings - Anthropology

Two open meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday 16 March 2011 at which students can meet the consultation panel to discuss Anthropology.

These will be held held in the Gym Hall at the St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH at:
10 – 11am
12 – 1pm

The venue location is shown at E14 on the map 
It is rather far from your usual teaching spaces but it is the only one available at these times.


The University has agreed to discontinue its current degrees in Anthropology.  Recruitment to Anthropology degrees has therefore stopped and the consultation panel has been asked to review staffing levels in this area as the degree programmes are phased out.  We appreciate that current students may be concerned about their subject, but we can reassure you that the University is commited to teach out Anthroplogy degrees to current students.  The main focus of the meetings will be to receive students’ views on Anthropology in order to assist the panel in its review.