Quality Assurance Unit
The role of the Quality Assurance Unit
The role of the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) is to ensure that high standards and good practice within the teaching, learning and assessment processes for UCL's undergraduate medical programme are recognised and rewarded, and problems are rapidly identified and addressed.
In order to fulfill this role the QAU is responsible for:
Internal monitoring of the Medical School's courses, modules, clinical placements and teachers through:
- The development and dissemination of teaching standards and guidelines.
- Collecting feedback via student evaluation questionnaires (SEQs), which students are asked to complete at the end of each taught module/clinical placement.
- Collecting other student experience data via online reporting systems: Raising Concerns where students report any issues with their clinical placements or experiences that have concerned them; Name and Proclaim where students highlight individuals who have inspired/impressed them; and No-shows where students report the unexpected cancellation of teaching where no alternative provisions have been made.
- The Medical Education Providers Annual Return (MEPAR), which is an online self-evaluative statement completed by each Trust/site that provides clinical placements to UCLMS students.
- Liaison with student representatives through teaching committees, staff and student consultative committees and working groups.
- QAU visits to NHS sites, under its visits policy.
- Overseeing the Reward and Recognition Scheme, which includes the Excellence in Medical Education, Top Teacher and Top Administrator Awards and the Junior Doctors' Certificate of Merit.
- External monitoring, which ensures that procedures are established and maintained to allow UCLMS to respond in a transparent manner to the regulatory requirements of: the QAA (via UCL's Annual Student Experience Review); the GMC (via the Medical School Annual Return); and Health Education England (via the Annual Report).
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 and the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Committees of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, Population Health Sciences and Medical Sciences.
The Quality Assurance Unit works closely with our clinical placement providers, the NUT Office, UCL Academic Services and committees across the Medical School.