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Academic Quality and Standards Committee

Terms of reference and Membership 2016/17

(i) To maintain, subject to the approval of Senate where applicable, the University's regulatory framework (including regulations for admissions, recruitment and outreach) for all taught and research degree programmes, including all forms of collaborative provision in the UK and overseas, and to regularly review the framework to take due account of external reference points such as the QAA Quality Code.

(ii) To own and maintain on behalf of Senate the University's quality assurance framework for taught and research degree programmes including all forms of collaborative provision in the UK and overseas and to review the framework to take due account of national developments. Consideration of all postgraduate research activity, apart from MRes degree programmes, will be routed through the Postgraduate Research Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Subcommittee.

(iii) To develop policy and guidelines, subject to the approval of Senate where applicable, in the areas of learning and teaching and assessment.

(iv) To develop policy and guidelines, subject to the approval of Senate where applicable, in the areas of widening participation and recruitment and admissions.

(v) To monitor, through a specified schedule of reporting, the compliance of Faculties with the requirements of the regulatory and quality assurance frameworks to ensure the standards of awards, the quality of the students’ learning opportunities, the enhancement of students’ learning opportunities and the quality of public information.

(vi) To consider and, where appropriate, approve on behalf of Senate any requests for exemption from harmonised regulations submitted by Faculties.

(vii) To consider and make recommendations to Senate for the approval of new awards.

(viii) To monitor the portfolio of taught and research degree programmes offered across the University, and to receive reports from Faculties in relation to the approval, and discontinuation of such programmes; the monitoring of postgraduate research programmes will be reported via the Postgraduate Research Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Subcommittee.

(ix) To report to the Doctoral College Board on all postgraduate research matters, as appropriate.

(x) To receive reports, as appropriate, from the External Research Degrees Committee, the Collaborative Provision Subcommittee, the Postgraduate Research Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Subcommittee and the Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee.

 

Membership 2017/18

Vice-President (Education): Professor Alex Neill

Two representatives from each Faculty:

Chair of Faculty Programme Committee and a further academic staff representative (appointed by the Dean concerned)

Faculty Representatives

Business, Law and Arts : Dr Emily Reid and Professor Julia Bennell

Engineering and the Environment : Professor Anna Barney and Dr Andy Chipperfield

Health Sciences : Mrs Anne Baileff and TBC

Humanities : Dr David Wheatley and Dr James Minney

Medicine : Professor Karen Morrison and Dr Ashley Pringle

Natural and Environmental Sciences : Dr Chris Jackson and Dr Simon Boxall

Physical Sciences and Engineering : Professor Mark French and Dr Maurits de Planque

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences : Professor Jim Anderson and Professor Melanie Nind

 

Chair of the External Research Degrees Committee : Professor Derek McGhee

Director of the University Doctoral College : Professor Chris Howls

Assistant Director (Quality and Standards) Student and Academic Administration, and Head of Quality, Standards and Accreditation : Ms Jennifer Arkell

Three representatives of the Students’ Union : Mr Samuel Dedman and Mr Giles Howard and TBC

Quorum: Eight (one-third plus one)

Secretary: Ms Sara Dixon

October 2017

Notes

Notes: Chairs of the Collaborative Provision Subcommittee and the Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee shall be invited to attend meetings when presenting reports from their Subcommittees or when otherwise required.

Other relevant officers from Professional Services may be in attendance as appropriate to the business, including:

Academic Registrar: Ms Claire Atkins

Director of iSolutions: Oz Parchment

University Librarian or nominee: Ms Jane Stephenson (Associate Director for Students, Education and Skills, Library)

Executive Director of Student Experience: Ms Nicky Passmore

Director of Student Services: Ms Kerry Matthews

Faculty Academic Registrars

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