Quality and Standards Sub-Committee (Q&SS)

The Quality and Standards Sub-committee (Q&SS) is one of the four Sub-committees that reports to the University Learning and Teaching Committee, along with Student Experience, Admissions and Widening Participation and Outreach. The Sub-committee's terms of reference and membership can be found below.

Terms of reference

  1. To be responsible to the University Learning and Teaching Committee (ULTC) and Senate for the co-ordination and implementation of the validation and periodic review of all award-bearing programmes of study delivered by the University and its Associated Institutions
  2. To that end:
    1. Academic staff members of the Sub-committee shall chair the validation/review exercises on a basis to be agreed among themselves annually
    2. The Sub-committee shall approve the remaining membership of validation/review panels in accordance with the relevant Code of practice
    3. The Sub-committee shall receive, consider and, where appropriate, approve the reports of validation/review panels and report the outcomes to the University Learning and Teaching Committee, and subsequently to Senate
  1. To receive and consider proposals for programme revision in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Code of practice
  2. To receive and consider an overview report on the effectiveness of the annual programme review (APR) process and common issues arising from the APRs and to note and identify any issues relevant to the remit of the Sub-committee that require action
  3. To receive and consider an overview report on the process and issues raised by external examiners and to note and identify any issues relevant to the remit of the Sub-committee that require action
  4. To receive and consider an overview report on the annual reports from the University's Accredited and Associated Institutions and to note and identify any issues relevant to the remit of the Sub-committee that require action
  5. To receive reports on Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body accreditation exercises
  6. The Subcommittee may devolve any specific functions to a member or group of members
  7. The Subcommittee shall report regularly to ULTC and through ULTC to Senate.  It shall also refer to ULTC for consideration any matter pertaining to the principles of practice of programme validation or periodic review, external examining, annual programme review or general regulations which it believes requires consideration or revision

 


 

Membership


Chair
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), FASSProfessor Andrew Lockwood
Ex-officio members
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Head of Academic Appeals and Academic Quality
President, Students' Union
Director of Quality Enhancement and Standards
 
Nominated members
Faculty representatives, FAsS
Faculty representatives, FEPS
Faculty representatives, FHMS
In attendance
Academic Quality Officer (Validations, Periodic Reviews and Professional Bodies) (Committee Secretary)Mrs Helen Weller
Head of Student Administration (Assessment and Awards) 

 

Period of appointment

All ex-officio members will remain members of the Sub-committee for as long as they hold such posts.  Nominated members are appointed for three years.

 

Frequency of meetings

The Sub-committee shall meet at least twice each semester or more frequently as business dictates

 

Quoracy requirements

The quoracy requirements are ten members or not less than one-third of the members, whichever may be the less.

 

Reports to

University Learning and Teaching Committee

 

Sub-structure

Validation Panels

Periodic Review Panels

Associated and Accredited Institutions (AI) Forums

 

Validation and Periodic Review Panels

These Panels operate in accordance with the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and the Code of practice for periodic programme review

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