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Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC)

In July 2017, following the 2016/2017 Academic Governance Review, the University Senate and Council approved the re-constitution of this committee with revised terms of reference.

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Membership 2017/18

Chair (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education))

Professor David Lamburn

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Christopher Hughes

Academic Director (Partnerships)

Dr Will Curtis

Co-Chair of the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee

Professor Gwen Van der Velden

Academic Director (Employability and Skills)

Professor Patrick Tissington (from January 2018)

Academic Director (Undergraduate Studies)

Professor Andrew Clark

Academic Director (Graduate Studies)

Professor Colin Sparrow

Dean of Students

Professor Louise Gracia

Two representatives of the Faculty of Arts

Professor Cathia Jenainati (UG)

Professor Penny Roberts (PG) (Dec 2017)

Dr Teresa Grant (PG) (replacing Professor Penny Roberts from Jan 2018)

Two representatives of the Faculty of Medicine

Dr David Davies (UG)

Dr Lucy Hammond (PG)

Two representatives of the Faculty of Science

Dr Matthew Leeke (UG)

Dr Miriam Gifford (PG)

Two representatives of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Elizabeth Jones (UG)

Dr John Thornby (PG, term 1)
Professor Ema Ushioda (PG, terms 2 and 3)

A representative from the Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning

Dr Nick Monk

The Education Sabbatical Officer of the Students’ Union and Co-Chair of the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee

Liam Jackson

The Postgraduate Officer of the Students’ Union

Emily Dunford

Up to two co-opted members of academic staff in quality assurance roles

Dr Joanne Lee

Professor Gill Cooke

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Terms of Reference

(a) To develop and implement policy in relation to external quality assessment operations including guidance and requirements issued by the relevant funding body, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, initiating and coordinating action as appropriate

(b) To develop, monitor and review the University’s systems, policies and guidance for assuring and enhancing the academic standards and quality of students’ learning experience in coordination with relevant University committees, departments and centres

(c) To develop and review processes for the internal and external review of modules and courses and to consider and manage the outcomes of these processes

(d) To monitor the outcomes from, and the effectiveness of, the external examiner system for taught courses including matters identified in external examiners’ reports

(e) To consider matters requiring enhancement arising from reports of reviews of courses, whether undertaken through Institutional Teaching and Learning Review, in response to a specific need, arising from a PSRB engagement or commissioned for any other reason

(f) To consider data, thematic issues and operational matters arising from the operation of the student complaints, appeals and other areas of student casework

(g) To have oversight of the University’s approach to assuring the completeness, accuracy and reliability of information provided for prospective and current students

(h) To consider regular reports on metrics relating to academic departments arising from national surveys, analysis of the student body, student progression and attainment and the student experience in order to take a risk-based approach to the quality of discipline-level education activity

(i) To consider other matters specifically referred to it by the University Education Committee and to make regular reports to the University Education Committee

(j) To consider academic issues relating to education provision offered by academic departments and across departmental boundaries, including matters that may be raised by the University Education Committee, the Boards of the Faculties or other appropriate bodies within the University

(k) To consider proposals and reports relating to education provision from other committees.

(l) To advise on matters relating to the policy and strategy underpinning the production of the student Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

(m) To undertake audits of undergraduate module approval processes within academic departments

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Reporting Structure

The Academic Quality and Standards Committee reports to the Education Committee.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Katharine Gray (K dot Gray at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Assistant Secretary: Claudia Gray (C dot Gray dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Papers for consideration by the Academic Quality and Standards Committee should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Academic Quality and Standards Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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You may also wish to visit:

Teaching Quality webpages