Terms of Reference

  • To advise and make recommendations to the Senate on policies, regulations and guidelines relating to the quality assurance of teaching, learning and assessment, to promote the quality of teaching and learning and to monitor the operation of related quality assurance processes. The discharge of these responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to:

    1. maintaining oversight of and developing procedures, where appropriate, for the periodic review of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses and programs, with external input, and monitoring their implementation;
    2. receiving and commenting on reports and action plans from Schools following external reviews of teaching and learning, including accreditation by professional bodies where appropriate, as part of assuring the quality of the University’s educational provision and maintaining the academic standards of the University’s awards;
    3. overseeing the development, maintenance, communication and implementation of the University’s quality assurance framework.
  • To receive and evaluate annual reports from School Boards and the Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) on teaching and learning in the courses and programs of Schools and the IPO, and from academic support units on their support of teaching and learning; and to establish the timetable, format and guidelines for annual reports.
  • To disseminate examples of good practice in teaching, learning and assessment; and to provide feedback and recommendations, as appropriate, to Schools and academic support units based on the annual reviews of teaching and learning quality.
  • To advise on matters related to the evaluation of teaching, including, but not limited to, student evaluations of courses and instructors.

  • To advise on financial and other support for teaching development activities.

  • To submit to the Chairman of the Senate no later than the 31st of July each year a written report covering the period from 1 July to 30 June on the activities of the committee and the state of teaching and learning quality during the previous academic year.

Approved by the Senate: 23 April 2014