Quality Management and Enhancement
Academic Services contact for initial enquiries - Sandra Hinton
For information about UCL's quality management and enhancement procedures please see the A-Z Index.
UCL adopts and pursues an explicitly academic-led quality management and enhancement (QME) strategy, which reflects our recognition that the active and critical engagement of our academic staff is central to the fulfilment of our mission. The key features of this academic-led approach to QME are as follows:
- discussion of policy development is conducted, and major decisions are taken, by the academic community working through the committee system;
- our QME processes are based on peer review by fellow academic staff who are active in research and teaching, rather than solely professional administrators;
- there is active involvement of academic staff at all grades in QME operations at department, faculty and institutional levels.
UCL sees quality assurance and quality enhancement as two aspects of the same process and believes that both must be embedded not only in our structures and processes but also our institutional culture. Quality enhancement at UCL is a process of taking steps at institutional level to improve the quality of learning opportunities, including IT and library provision and staff development opportunities.
Key elements of UCL's approach to managing the enhancement of quality include:
- Internal Quality Review;
- Annual and Augmented Annual Monitoring;
- Peer Observation of Teaching;
- the external examiner system;
- student feedback mechanisms;
- committees with quality management responsibilities at institutional, faculty and department levels.
This active involvement in QME processes by academic staff also requires dedicated administrative support. This support is provided principally by Academic Services, who are responsible for the overall co-ordination of UCL's academic-led quality QME operations and committee structures and, through these, for monitoring the processes for assuring and enhancing the academic standards of UCL awards. QME activities permeate all organisational levels of UCL so that Academic Services' role naturally involves extensive interaction with academic departments and faculties, with institutional, faculty and departmental committees with QME roles, and with other parts of UCL's Corporate Support Services with important responsibilities for managing and enhancing the quality of the student experience and staff development (especially the Human Resources Division, and the Information Services Division). Academic Services also liaises on behalf of UCL with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
The range and structure of QME policies and processes in UCL is extensive and complex. More detail on these can be found in the Academic Manual.
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