Policies and Policy Development
For reasons of clarity there is a need to determine what constitutes and differentiates an Institutional UL Policy from other documents that may have the legacy title ‘policy’. Many such documents would better be described as guidelines, protocols or procedures that have locally been called ‘policies’. These local policies refer to issues specific to a department/division.
Institutional policies provide staff and students with a clear understanding of how specific rights, entitlements and responsibilities are conferred, accessed or progressed. Institutional policies are defined by their ownership i.e. which body within UL has formally approved the policy.
The President or his/her nominee prepares a draft policy/procedure. Consultation will include senior management and other interested parties. Executive Committee will normally approve the draft policy which is forwarded, if required, to a Working Group comprising members of HR and representatives of UNITE for consultation and negotiation. The agreed draft policy/procedure is submitted to the relevant Governing Authority Committee and to Governing Authority for final approval.
Governing Authority approved policies are available at the following weblink: Governing Authority Policies & Procedures
Academic Council is responsible for the control of the academic affairs of the university and all new policies or changes to existing policies and regulations requires the approval of Council. The policy development strategy involves identifying critical stakeholders from the wider stakeholder groups, assessing critical issues for the stakeholder, managing stakeholder requirements and expectations, agreeing general policy principles with the stakeholder and the implementation process.
Academic Council approved policies are available at the following weblink: Academic Council Policies & Procedures