Academic Colleges at Woolf

Woolf is digitally organised into colleges on the model of the University of Oxford and the University of London. Digital colleges appear on the Woolf software platform. Colleges consist of groups (free associations) of faculty members with verified doctorates and verified identities. Colleges may admit new faculty members and offer courses linked to their faculty members. Only colleges can enrol students.

Colleges do not normally specialise in any particular topic, and may admit students in all those fields represented by the Fellows of the college.

It is expected that the diversity of colleges will increase over time, both geographically and linguistically.

1. Deans

All colleges have a College Dean, who is the main contact for the college. The College Dean is unanimously elected at the time that the college forms, insofar as the Dean invites at least nine other members (Fellows) to join the college at formation, and these must approve of the Dean and the other members.Deanships do not have natural term limits, and Deans may not quit, although they may appoint a replacement at any time. The only qualifications required to be a College Deans are those required to be a Fellow, who is an ordinary faculty member at a college.

2.  Assistant Deans

Deans may invite or expel Fellows, and Deans may appoint Assistant Deans. Assistant deans are Fellows with equal administrative control of the college's membership.

3. Fellows

Regular faculty members in a college are Fellows of that college.

4. Ranking

Colleges are an important component in fostering an environment of academic excellence. Colleges compete with each other for standing in collegiate rankings; rankings are public and depend upon a number of metrics of quality assurance, which are subject to review by the Faculty Council. 

5. College Naming Conventions

Academic Colleges of Woolf are normally named after a scholar or someone who has contributed greatly to the arts and sciences, using the following format: [NAME] College.

Colleges should not imply an official relationship to an existing institution, except where so endorsed, nor should they inappropriately suggest royal or state patronage. Colleges are encouraged to support the widest diversity of subjects possible, but colleges choosing to concentrate on a specific field use the following format: [NAME] College of [FIELD], such as ‘Ambrose College of Material Science’.