SOAS University of London

SOAS Standing Orders: Annex VI: Curriculum Quality Assurance Committee

Annex VI Curriculum Quality Assurance Committee                                                                

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

Membership

The membership of the Curriculum Quality Assurance Committee will comprise

  • Chair:
    • Associate Directors (Teaching Quality) 
  • Ex-officio Members:
    • Director Global Engagement
    • Curriculum, Assessment and Quality Assurance Manager
    • Head of Marketing & Student Recruitment
    • Head of Admissions
    • Head of Learning & Teaching Development
    • Chair of Decolonising SOAS Working Group
    • Director Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
    • Head of Student Advice and Wellbeing  
  • Other Members:
    • 1 representative from the Library, nominated by Director of Library and Learning Services
    • 1 academic representative from each Department nominated by that Department, usually the Marketing and Admissions Coordinator (where possible, preference might be given to those with, or working towards, HEA certification)    
    • 1 academic representative from IFCELS nominated by IFCELS
    • 1 academic representative from the Language Centre, nominated by the Language Centre
    • 3 full members of the Students' Union nominated by the Students' Union Executive Committee
Secretary

The Registrar & Secretary (COO) will nominate a Secretary (usually the Quality Assurance lead officer).  The Committee will normally hold five ordinary meetings per annum.

Terms of Reference

Curriculum Quality Assurance Committee will have the following terms of reference: 

  1. To advise Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee on the development of those aspects of learning and 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; 
  2. To make recommendations to Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee on  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 designated body for quality assurance and by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies; 
  3. 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; 
  4. To identify and disseminate examples of good practice in learning and teaching, and to advise Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee on the development of a strategic approach to quality enhancement across the School; 
  5. To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for 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 Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee the titles of programmes so approved; 
  6. To consider and approve proposals for the termination of specific programmes of study; 
  7. To consider and approve major changes to existing programmes of study and to recommend to Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee any generic policy implications; 
  8. To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for the design and approval of changes to the curriculum at module level, including new modules, amendments and withdrawals; to monitor the approval of such changes by departments; 
  9. To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for annual programme review; to consider an annual report and recommendations  on the issues raised; to monitor the implementation of those recommendations; 
  10. To approve and keep under review the School’s procedures for the appointment of visiting examiners; to approve nominations for these; to approve procedures for considering  and responding to visiting examiners’ reports; to consider an annual report on the issues raised; to monitor action taken in response to reports; 
  11. To advise Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee on the development and implementation of the School’s procedures for the consideration of quality and standards in relation to provision delivered in partnership with others;  
  12. To make an annual report to Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Committee regarding the delivery of the School’s academic standards and quality of learning and teaching;       
  13. To make reports as required to the University of London and to ensure implementation of recommended action.