Quality Assurance Unit

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The role of the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) is to ensure that high standards within teaching and learning processes for undergraduate medical programmes are recognised and rewarded, and problems can be identified and addressed.

In order to fulfill this role the QAU is responsible for the following:

  • Internal monitoring of Medical School courses, modules and teachers through:

    • Development and dissemination of teaching standards / guidelines
    • Student Evaluation Questionnaires (SEQs)
    • QA / NUT visits to NHS sites
    • Overseeing the Reward and Recognition Scheme (including the Top Teachers and Excellence in Medical Education Awards)
    • Liaison with student representatives
  • Ensuring that procedures are established and maintained which allow the School to respond in a systemic and transparent manner to the external requirements of the QAA and the GMC
  • Medical School's Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Committee (mQMEC) which oversees the implementation of the Medical School Quality Strategy  (mQMEC ToR)
  • The QA Unit works closely with the NUT Office, UCL Academic Services and committees across the Medical School.

The Medical School Quality Management & Enhancement Committee (mQMEC) is responsible for the overview of academic standards and quality assurance and enhancement processes within the Medical School and for the development of policy and practice in relation to such processes.

The mQMEC reports to the MBBS Teaching Committee, the Dean, the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Committee of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, Population Health Sciences and Medical Sciences.

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Academic Lead for Quality: Ann Griffin

Overall academic lead for the Quality Unit and Chair of the Medical School's Quality Management and Enhancement Committee.


Quality Assurance Manager: Helen Lewis

QA Manager responsible for the day-to-day coordination and development of QA activities, within the Medical School, helping to promote quality standards and further advance a comprehensive QA system throughout the MBBS programme. 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6760; helen.lewis@ucl.ac.uk

Quality Assurance Administrator: Lauren Hammond

Providing administrative support in running QA systems and the Unit.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0849; lauren.hammond@ucl.ac.uk

Quality Assurance Administrative Assistant: Janet Arnold

Providing administrative support in running QA systems and the Unit.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9231; j.arnold@ucl.ac.uk

Clinical Teaching Fellow: Irene Gafson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6760; i.gafson@ucl.ac.uk

Deputy Chair of mQMEC: Michael Gilbey

Academic Lead (Years 1 and 2) and Deputy Chair of mQMEC.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3211; m.gilbey@ucl.ac.uk

Divisional Tutor: Will Coppola

Overall lead for SEQ systems and development, Community based teaching feedback lead, and general SEQ support.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0853; w.coppola@ucl.ac.uk

NUT: Melanie Hill

The Medical School NUT office works closely with the QAU to support the quality monitoring and enhancement strategies for the delivery of teaching and learning processes.

Melanie Hill, NUT Manager:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6439: m.hill@ucl.ac.uk

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