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Quality Handbook

Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee

Origin

Senate is the ultimate academic authority within the University, but it cannot be directly involved in decision making on all matters for which it is formally responsible:  the range of business undertaken inevitably means that delegation of powers and responsibility to individuals and to committees is necessary.  The Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Education & Student Experience Committee and has delegated responsibility from the Education & Student Experience Committee to oversee the quality monitoring and enhancement framework and its implementation, and the University Regulations.

Purpose

Responsibilities and activity

Reporting arrangements

Between ordinary meetings of the Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee, the Chair shall have power to act on behalf of the Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee on any matter requiring an immediate or early decision.  Any decisions taken by the Chair under these delegated powers shall be reported to the next meeting of the Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee.  Matters requiring an immediate or early decision include such items as:

Constitution

Quorum and frequency

Quorum

The Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee will be quorate with one third of the membership plus one in attendance.

Frequency of meetings

The Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee will meet at least once per term.

Resources

Secretariat support is provided by Quality, Standards & Accreditation Team.

Terms of Reference review

Date of last review:....... June 2023

Date of next review:...... September 2024

Annual Pattern of Business 2023-24

Agendas, minutes and published papers of Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee are available to members of the University via the AQSS Open-access SharePoint site .

Members of AQSS can access the AQSS members SharePoint site .

Governance reporting line

The Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee (AQSS) reports to the Education and Student Experience Committee (ESEC).

Document owner

Education and Student Experience Committee .

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