Partnership formal meetings and reporting

Partnership Education Committee

The University's Partnership Education Committee (PEC) is responsible for the effective implementation with our partner institutions of the University's policies and procedures for assuring academic quality and standards, and enhancing academic quality and the student experience. The PEC reports to the Education Committee and Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) as appropriate.

The Education Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Senate on the implementation of quality assurance and quality enhancement policies, and receives regular reports from the PEC on the delivery and implementation of the Education Strategy across partnership institutions.

The Academic Quality and Standards Committee supports the development and maintenance of the University's policies and procedures for assuring academic quality and standards, and enhancing the student experience. This includes determining and shaping policy and procedures for the development, validation, monitoring, periodic review and termination of all University programmes of study and determining admissions policy and entry tariff.

On behalf of Education Committee, AQSC approves as appropriate proposals and recommendations from the PEC to establish, revalidate (following periodic review) and discontinue programmes of study and to report all decisions to the Education Committee. On behalf of the Education Committee, AQSC also approves, monitors and reviews all University of Essex awards offered by our partner institutions and to make recommendations to the Education Committee and to partner institutions on best practice and enhancement.

You can view a diagram showing the relationship between the committees of Senate, alongside information on the membership and terms of reference of all University committees and copies of agendas and minutes.

Partner institutions have formal representation on the PEC and representatives are routinely invited to join appropriate University working groups. Partner institutions' interests are represented at Education Committee, AQSC and Senate by the Dean of Partnerships.

Partnership Management Board

The Partnership Management Board (PMB) is responsible for providing the strategic direction and management for the Partnership. The collaborative agreement, strategic objectives and key targets are agreed and monitored by the Board.

The Board also has oversight of the following:

  • Student number projections, recruitment, retention, progression and achievement
  • Partnership Performance Indicators
  • Curriculum development
  • Quality and standards
  • Marketing
  • Student support
  • Equality and diversity
  • Student employer engagement
  • Staffing and learning and teaching resources
  • Professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements.

The Partnership Management Board meeting takes place once per year (usually during the summer term). At least two members from each institution will need to be present for a meeting to be quorate. For UK partnerships the meeting would usually take place at the Partner Institution.

Partnership Quality and Development Committee (PQDC)

The Partnership Quality and Development Committee meetings take place twice per year (usually during the autumn and spring terms) and report to the Partnership Management Board (PMB) which takes place during the summer term. Meetings are normally scheduled to alternate between the University campuses and the partner institution. At least two members from each institution will need to be present for a meeting to be quorate. The Committee has oversight of areas such as course development and review, quality and standards, staff development opportunities and scholarly activities, best practice, staffing levels and learning and teaching resources.

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