Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) and its Sub-Committees

Quality Assurance Committee (QAC)

Faculty Quality Assurance Committee (FQAC)

Ethics Sub-Group

Partnership Quality Sub-Committee

Regulations Sub-Group

External Examiner Approval Panel

Quality Assurance Committee (QAC)

Composition

Chair: Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Experience
Deputy Chair: Director of Academic Standards and Quality Service – ex-officio
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Development) – ex-officio
Deputy Dean and Principal of RWCMD or nominee as Chairs of the Faculty Quality Assurance Committees and of the College Quality Assurance Committee
Senior Auditors of Faculty Quality Assurance Committees and the College Quality Assurance Committee
Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching ex-officio
Persons nominated by the Chairperson on the basis of their experience and expertise
Deputy Director of Academic Standards and Quality – ex officio
Chair of Research Programmes Sub-Committee – ex officio
One external person nominated by the Chairperson on the basis of their experience and expertise
Up to three students nominated by the Students’ Union
Secretary: As nominated by the Director of Academic Standards and Quality

Membership

Chair:
Dr Ben Calvert, Pro-Vice Chancellor

Deputy Chair:

TBC – ex officio

Ex-officio members:

Clare Kell – Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Chris Laity, Deputy Director of ASAQS
Prof Paul Roach, Chair of the Research Programmes Sub-Committee
Chairs of Faculty Quality Assurance Committees and Chair of the College Quality Assurance Committee:
RWMCD: Hilary Boulding/Iestyn Henson
Faculty of Business and Society: Karen Jones
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science: Prof Geoffrey Elliott
Faculty of Creative Industries: Prof Barry Atkins
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education: Dr Carl Peters

Senior Auditors of Faculty Quality Assurance Committees and the College Quality Assurance Committee (NB these members are only required to attend the Annual Monitoring specific meeting held each December):

College Quality Assurance Committee: Mary Hulford (ASAQS)
Faculty of Business and Society: Jeff Evans (FLSE)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science: Dr Philip Mitchell (FCI)
Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries: Dr Nicky Lewis (FLSE)
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education: Julie Prior (FBS)

*Persons nominated by the Chair on the basis of their experience and expertise (4 year term): *
Jane Newby, FLSE (Aug 2017)
Clare Lewis, FBS (Aug 2020)
Dr Andy Smith, FCI (Aug 2018)
Dr Dawn Story, FCES (Aug 2017)
Prof Jo Smedley, Director of UNIC Online (Aug 2019)

One external person nominated by the Chairperson on the basis of their experience and expertise (3 year term):

Kathryn Sweet – HE Manager Bridgend College (Aug 2019)

Up to three students nominated by the Students’ Union:
Jonny Jones (SU President)
Sam Senior (SU Education and Welfare)

Secretary:
Catherine Moss, Head of the Collaborative Quality Unit

In attendance/in circulation:
Sara Moggridge – Director of Student Administration Services

Terms of Reference
Revised Terms of Reference – September 2016

1.To monitor regularly all guidance and requirements issued by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (or other government identified body), particularly in relation to Higher Education Review and the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, initiating and co-ordinating action as appropriate
2.To develop and keep under review the University’s systems, regulations, policies and guidance for assuring and enhancing the quality of students’ learning experience and maintaining academic standards
3.To develop and keep under review processes for annual review of modules and courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research levels, and for collaborative provision, and to consider and manage the outcome of these processes
4.To monitor the outcomes from, and the effectiveness of, the External Examiner system for taught programmes
5.To consider the outcomes of Specific Checks and Thematic Reviews initiated by the Committee or requested by Academic Board and its other sub committees
6.To monitor a range of relevant risk and performance indicators, including risk indicators monitored by the QAA, such as:
•Statistical data on the performance of programmes;
•Student feedback and survey results;
•Annual reports regarding complaints, appeals, misconduct, fitness to practice and cases submitted to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
7.To consider reports on quality assurance or academic standards matters relating to postgraduate research students, including in particular the outcomes of PGR annual review
8.To consider proposals and reports from FQAC and CQAC committees with oversight of quality assurance matters.
9.To consider reports from the Partnerships Quality Sub-Committee regarding the outcomes of annual and periodic reviews of collaborative provision, and any other matters relating to the quality assurance or academic standards of collaborative provision.
10.To consider the outcomes of external scrutiny by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs)
11.To receive the minutes and consider reports of its sub-committees: Partnerships Quality Sub-Committee; Ethics Sub-Group; External Examiner Approval Panel; Regulations Sub-Group and those of Faculty/College Quality Assurance Committees;
12.To measure impact and review effectiveness of procedures in improving the student experience for students enrolled upon USW awards

Meetings in 2017/18

The Quality Assurance Committee will meet on Wednesdays at 2pm on the following dates (unless otherwise specified):

6 September 2017
8 November 2017
13 December 2017
14 February 2018
23 May 2018

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