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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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Composition Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor Vernon Squire Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)  or nominee Professor Richard Blaikie Ex-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Dr Leah Watkins 31 December 2018
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir 31 December 2019
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Professor Shelley Griffiths 31 December 2017
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Professor Richard Barker Ex-officio
Director, International Mr Jason Cushen Ex-officio

Two members appointed by Senate

Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald 31 December 2019
Professor Ted Ruffman (until July 2019) 31 December 2019
Director (or nominee), Planning and Funding Mr Kevin Maley 31 December 2018
Head (or nominee), Higher Education Development Centre Associate Professor Clinton Golding 31 December 2018
Director, Academic Services Mr John Price Ex-officio
Dean, School of Graduate Research

Professor Rachel  Spronken-Smith

Director, Quality Advancement Ms Margaret Morgan Ex-officio
One student representative nominated by the Executive of OUSA

Mr James Heath

December 2018

Associate Professor Pat Cragg

Co-opted until 31 December 2018
In attendance
Committee Secretary Jacqueline Fraser (Quality Advancement Administrator)

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

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Meetings for 2018

  • Tuesday 20 March
  • Tuesday 19 June
  • Tuesday 21 August
  • Tuesday 16 October