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Organisation and structure

The Senate delegates its formal reponsibility for the quality assurance of academic courses to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC). The AQSC is chaired by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and its membership includes senior members of academic staff from the Faculties, the Graduate School, and student representatives from the Students' Union.

AQSC has oversight of the University's quality assurance processes and monitors and evaluates the workings of the SSLC system.

The Graduate School, through its governing body, the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS), plays a key role in the University's quality assurance arrangements for postgraduate education, scrutinising and approving new postgraduate courses and reviewing existing postgraduate courses. The BGS also considers and reports to AQSC on the issues raised in the reports of External Examiners for postgraduate courses, considers composite reports of Annual Course Reviews conducted by departments for postgraduate courses and Strategic Departmental Review reports. The BGS also receives annual reports from the Student-Staff Liaison Committee Co-ordinators (two students, one who is a member of AQSC, and two members of staff, both of whom are members of AQSC).

The Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS) has responsibility for considering issues relating to the assurance and enhancement of undergraduate provision as well as considering and reporting to AQSC on issues raised in External Examiners' reports and other examination matters. BUGS scrutinises and approves proposals for new undergraduate courses. The BUGS also considers and reports to AQSC on the issues raised in the reports of External Examiners for postgraduate courses, considers composite reports of Annual Course Reviews conducted by departments and Strategic Departmental Review reports. The BUGS also and receives annual reports from the Staff-Student Liaison Committee Co-ordinators (two students, one who is a member of AQSC, and two members of staff, both of whom are members of AQSC).

The principal responsibility for the quality assurance of collaborative courses and distance learning courses lies with the Collaborative, Flexible and Distributed Learning Sub-Committee (CFDLSC). These courses are monitored by the appropriate Faculty and University committees in addition to CFDLSC on the same basis as other University courses. CFDLSC also considers External Examiners' reports relating to these courses.

The Boards of the Faculties, and their sub-commitees, are important links in the quality assurance chain. New course proposals are considered in detail by the Undergraduate and Graduate Studies' Committees of the Faculties. Annual Course Review reports are considered by the sub-committees. The Faculty Boards themselves consider the teaching-related elements of Strategic Departmental Review reports.