Academic Quality Advisory Committee

The Academic Quality Advisory Committee was previously known as the Quality Practitioners Forum. Collegiate Council agreed the renaming of the Committee and gave it revised terms of reference in February 2010. This followed implementation of a revised governance structure for the University from August 2008 and a consequent review of the efficacy of the University’s committee structure in the autumn of 2009.

The Academic Quality Advisory Committee advises Collegiate Council, which has ultimate responsibility at University level for academic affairs, on matters of academic quality. In addition to its responsibility for the overview of University academic quality, exercised through the annual University Quality Overview Report, the Committee places a strong emphasis on the promotion of enhancement through continuous improvement in quality. The Committee’s terms of reference can be viewed under Governance, Ordinances, Ordinance 6 Annex 1  [PDF 15pgs, 130KB].

The Committee meets twice a year, normally in November and May of each academic session. The prime business of the first meeting is finalisation of the University Quality Overview Report on the basis of the annual reports submitted by each constituent College of the University and its Central Academic Bodies. The second meeting is primarily devoted to a developmental session, normally led by an external expert, on a topic collectively agreed by the Committee itself. The Committee comprises representatives of each of the constituent Colleges and the Central Academic Bodies, and consequently constitutes an appropriate forum for the discussion of quality issues of common interest and for the exchange of information and good practice.

Enhancement activity in the last two years has focused on assessment of student performance with presentation by external speakers being given on Supporting Improved Assessment Practice (2008) and Assessment Standards: A Manifesto for Change (2009). In 2010 the Committee turned its attention to European guidelines on quality assurance with a view to promoting compliance with the developing expectations of the Bologna process. It remains in the hands of individual Colleges to determine whether and how best to incorporate the outcomes of any discussions and developmental activities into the procedures and practices of their institutions.

 

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