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SOAS Standing Orders: Annex III: Learning and Teaching Quality Committee

Annex III Learning & Teaching Quality Committee

Learning & Teaching Quality Committee is a sub-committee of Academic Development Committee.  It is required to report to Academic Development Committee on a regular basis.  It also has a responsibility to liaise with other committees and to keep them informed as necessary.

(i) The membership of Learning & Teaching Quality Committee will comprise
Chair:
A Dean
Ex-officio Members:
Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching) (or equivalent)
Director of Academic Development
Director of Student & Registry Services
Head of IFCELS
Head of Registry
Other Members:
3 members of academic staff nominated by the Chair, 1 of whom should be the Chair of the Periodic Review Panels
2 full members of the Students' Union nominated by the Students' Union Executive Committee

(ii) The Registrar & Secretary will nominate a Secretary.  The Committee will normally hold five ordinary meetings per annum.

(iii) Learning & Teaching Quality Committee will have the following terms of reference.

(a)  To advise Academic Development Committee on the development of those aspects of the School’s Learning & Teaching Strategy that relate to the maintenance and monitoring of the academic standards and quality of learning, teaching and management of all taught programmes of study for which the School is responsible;

(b)  To approve objectives and policies that maintain and enhance the quality and standards of learning and teaching, in accordance with published internal and external frameworks, requirements and benchmarks, including those laid down by the Quality Assurance Agency and by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies;

(c) To advise Research & Enterprise Committee of changes to internal and external frameworks and requirements where these have implications for its work in maintaining the standards of research degrees and the quality of provision for postgraduate research students;

(d) To identify and disseminate examples of good practice in learning and teaching, and to advise Academic Development Committee on the development of the strategic approach to the quality enhancement across the School;

(e)  To review and recommend to Academic Development Committee changes to academic regulations, including those relating to admissions, assessment and progression.  To approve and review related policies, procedures, guidelines and codes of practice;

(f)  To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for course and programme design and approval; to consider and approve proposals for new programmes of study leading to awards of the University of London or of the School; to report to Academic Development Committee the titles of programmes so approved;

(g)  To consider and approve proposals for the termination of specific programmes of study;

(h)  To consider and approve major changes to existing programmes of study and to recommend to Academic Development Committee any generic policy implications;

(i) To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for annual programme review; to make an annual report and recommendations to Academic Development Committee on the issues raised; to monitor the implementation of those recommendations;

(j) To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for periodic departmental and programme review and non-departmental programme review; to approve panel memberships according to procedures laid down by the Committee; to receive the reports, consider and approve their recommendations and monitor their implementation;  

(k) To consider reports from and to external learning and teaching and quality agencies and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies on the standards and quality of the School's provision;

(l) To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for the appointment of visiting examiners, chairs and deputy chairs of examination boards; to approve nominations for these; to approve procedures for considering visiting examiners’ reports;

(m) To advise Academic Development Committee on the development and implementation of the School’s procedures for the consideration of quality and standards in relation to collaborative partnerships;  

(n) To monitor policy relating to the maintenance and enhancement of high quality professional teaching standards and practice;

(o) To approve term dates;

(p) To consider an annual report from each of the panels which report to the Committee;

(q) To consider annual reports from the Faculties, IFCELS and other non-Faculty teaching units as required, which include summaries of the annual programme review process and of visiting examiners’ reports, and action taken;

(r) To make an annual report to Academic Development Committee regarding the delivery of the School’s academic standards and quality of learning and teaching;

(s) To make reports as required to the University of London and to ensure implementation of recommended action.