The University's Partnership team 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 team reports to the Education Committee and Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) as appropriate. Partner institutions' interests are represented at Education Committee, AQSC and Senate by the Dean of Partnerships.
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 Partnerships team 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 Partnerships team 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.
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
Quality and standards
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.