Quality Assurance Committee

Quality Assurance Committee
Agenda

A meeting of the Quality Assurance Committee will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 11.05am via Microsoft Teams.

Mr Liam Dyker, Administrative Officer

Clerk to the Quality Assurance Committee

(Email: liam.dyker2@abdn.ac.uk)

 

AGENDA

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Annual Monitoring Process and Insights (QAC/250123/001)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the relevant annual monitoring process (section 7 of the QAC Members’ Guide refers).
2. Undergraduate Annual Monitoring 2021/22 (QAC/250123/002)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the Undergraduate Annual Monitoring (Annual Programme Reviews) summary report.
3. Date of Next Meeting  
  The next meeting of the Committee will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2023 at 2:05pm, via Microsoft Teams.

 

 

 

Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas

2022/23
2021/22
2020/21
2019/20
2018/19
2017/18
Remit

Remit

(To be reviewed annually at last meeting of committee cycle with proposed changes to be considered by Senate)

To be responsible to the Senatus Academicus for the strategic oversight of:

  1. the quality assurance of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and taught elements of postgraduate research provision;
  2. the development of policies and practices for the assurance of the quality of the University’s education provisions, particularly in relation to the design, implementation, evaluation and review of mechanisms for the quality assurance and quality enhancement of education provision;
  3. the safeguarding of academic standards.

The Quality Assurance Committee shall:

  • In consultation with School Education Committees, and the Graduate School (PGR) as appropriate, review proposals for (a) the introduction of new courses and programmes of study (b) amendments to existing courses and programmes, and (c) the withdrawal of existing courses and programmes, and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Approve changes to the Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas and to General and Supplementary Regulations for Degrees in advance of their incorporation into a formal draft Resolution for consideration by Senate;
  • Oversee the quality assurance of taught courses and programmes through scrutiny of reports from the Annual Course Review (ACR) Exercise, Annual Programme Review (APR) Exercise, External Examiner Reports, Internal Teaching Review Reports and Reports from Professional, Statutory & Regulatory Bodies, as applicable; and address any policy issues that arise, as appropriate;
  • Be responsible for co-ordinating a regular programme of Internal Teaching Reviews for monitoring and reviewing courses and programmes of study and consider and recommend to Senate revisions to the procedures for Internal Teaching Review, as necessary;
  • Be responsible, on behalf of Senate, for the oversight of the University’s engagement with the work of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), including Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR);
  • Informed by the work of the Academic Policy and Regulations Group, have oversight of the development, implementation and regular review of University policy relating to educational provision in regard to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and taught elements of postgraduate research provision ensuring their alignment to the QAA Quality Code, the wider Academic Infrastructure, legal compliance (e.g. equality, diversity and inclusion) and other relevant external reference points, seeking input from the University Education Committee, as appropriate, prior to recommending new policies or revisions to Senate for approval;
  • Ensure that collaborative partnership agreements meet University quality assurance requirements and monitor the quality of provision provided by collaborative partners through the scrutiny of annual reports and recommend to Senate revisions to the procedures for the approval and oversight of collaborative provision, as necessary;
  • In partnership with Aberdeen University Students’ Association, ensure effective student engagement and representation of student voices in the University’s quality framework;
  • Monitor the quality of work-based learning provision and study abroad opportunities;
  • Appoint from its membership, four members to serve on Senate, ex officio, as required;
  • Oversee issues relating to student progress, including the establishment of Student Progress Committees and Fitness to Practise Committees, as appropriate, and make recommendations to the Senate for the discontinuation of attendance, as appropriate;
  • Ensure regular review of academic appeals, complaints and academic discipline to identify any trends or issues which require to be addressed;
  • Review annual reports from the Students’ Progress Committee;
  • Act on behalf of Senate, after consultation with Heads of School to: a. approve dates of terms; b. approve deadline for refusal of class certificates; c. approve deadlines for return of examination results; d. approve arrangements for graduation ceremonies; e. approve changes to minimum entry requirements.
  • Work closely with the University Education Committee and its sub-committees in regard to any matters for which there are quality assurance implications;
  • Undertake such other functions as may be referred to the Committee by Senate.

Members’ Responsibilities:

Each member will ensure that they consult with their own School, through their School Education Committee and other forums, on relevant matters, and provide feedback into QAC which represents the views of their School. Each School member of the Quality Assurance Committee shall have delegated authority to have oversight, on behalf of the Quality Assurance Committee, for their area of responsibility.

Composition & Membership

Chair: Professor Steven Tucker

Clerk: Liam Dyker

Email: liam.dyker2@abdn.ac.uk

Composition

Chair: Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement

Membership:

  • Head of Quality
  • Dean for Educational Innovation
  • School QA Representative (who should be a member of the School Education Committee)
  • Representative from AFG
  • Two representatives nominated by the President of the Students’ Association
  • Two representatives nominated by Senate (2 year term)

In attendance:

  • Director of Academic Services & Online Education (or nominee);
  • School Administration Manager
  • Graduate School Manager (or nominee)
  • Head of the Centre for Academic Development (or nominee)
  • Clerk

Quorum: 50%

Membership
Chair and Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement Steve Tucker
Head of Quality tbc
Dean for Educational Innovation Kirsty Kiezebrink
Representative from AFG Fiona Robson
Vice-President for Education, AUSA Akua Serwaa Agyeman
Student Representative, AUSA tbc
Senate Representative Fiona Stoddard
Senate Representative Laura McCann
School QA Representative
Biological Sciences Gareth Norton
Business David McCausland (Interim)
Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History Isa Ehrenschwendtner
Education Faye Hendry
Engineerng Thanga Thevar
Geosciences Jeff Oliver
Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture Will Barras
Law

Isla Callander (1HS)

Law Gloria Alvarez (2HS)
Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition Isabel Crane
Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition Jerry Morse
Natural & Computing Scineces Mark Grant
Psychology Jacqui Hutchison
Social Science Jo Vergunst

 

QAC Responsibilities
School QAC Member Responsible for:
Biological Sciences Gareth Norton Geosciences
Business David McCausland (Interim) Natural & Computing Scineces
Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History Isa Ehrenschwendtner Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
Education Faye Hendry Social Science
Engineerng Thanga Thevar Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Geosciences Jeff Oliver Law
Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture Will Barras Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History
Law Gloria Alvarez (2HS) Education
Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition Isabel Crane Engineerng
Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition Jerry Morse Business
Natural & Computing Scineces Mark Grant Biological Sciences
Psychology Jacqui Hutchison Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Social Science Jo Vergunst Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
Attendance

Quality Assurance Committee

Attendance Records

2022-2023
2021-2022

 

 

 

 

Minutes

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Meeting Dates

2022/23
2021/22
2020/21
2019/20
2018/19
2017/18
2016/17
2015/16
2014/15
2013/14
2012/13
2011/12
2010/11
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