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Quality Advancement Committee

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The Quality Advancement Committee is a committee of Senate. The Committee acts as a forum for the discussion and promotion of developments in quality assurance and quality enhancement, whether internally driven or externally indicated.

Terms of Reference

  • To consult with staff, students and other interested parties to raise the awareness of the significance of quality processes throughout the University.
  • To identify key elements that should form part of the University’s quality framework and oversee and monitor developments in relation to this.
  • To advise on improving communication channels on quality and foster networking and benchmarking.
  • To monitor the implementation of quality improvement programmes such as the internal reviews programme, and core institutional surveys, and to disburse, administer and report on University funds used for the Improvement Initiatives programme.
  • To contribute to the University’s preparations for external Academic Quality Agency (AQA) academic audits and to provide advice, input and support in relation to this.
  • To consider and comment on the University’s academic audit reports, follow-up reports and the processes put in place for monitoring the implementation of academic audit outcomes.
  • To undertake critical reflection on the philosophy and the procedures of the quality process.
  • To identify examples of good practice to communicate within the University and any issues for further consideration by the Vice-Chancellor, Senate or other University committees, arising from the terms of reference above.

Meetings held up to five times a year.

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Director, International Mr Jason Cushen Ex-officio

Composition Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor Pat Cragg Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)  or nominee Professor Richard Blaikie Ex-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Associate Professor Leah Watkins 31 December 2021
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences Associate Professor Stephanie Woodley 31 December 2022
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Professor Shelley Griffiths 31 December 2021
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Professor Janice Murray 31 December 2021
Director, International Mr Jason Cushen Ex-officio
Director, Student and Academic Services Ms Karyn Thomson Ex-officio
Head, Student Experience Ms Jo Gibson Ex-officio

Two members appointed by Senate

Associate Professor Jackie Hunter 31 December 2022
Dr Lynn McBain 31 December 2022
Director (or nominee), Planning and Funding Mr Kevin Maley 31 December 2021
Head (or nominee), Higher Education Development Centre Associate Professor Clinton Golding 31 December 2021
Dean, School of Graduate Research

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith

Director, Quality Advancement Ms Margaret Morgan Ex-officio
OUSA representative Mr Michael Evan

31 December 2021

Associate Professor Tim Cooper

In attendance
Committee Secretary Carol Forbes (

The Board has the power to co-opt as required.

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Meetings dates for 2021

QAC meeting dates (Tuesdays at 2:00pm) Deadline for Submission
2 March 22 February
4 May 26 April
3 August 26 July
2 November 25 October