School and College Quality Officers were appointed to support and advise Schools or Colleges on matters relating to Quality Enhancement and Assurance for undergraduate and taught postgraduate provision.
Each College appoints one Quality Officer. Schools will appoint at least one Quality Officer but may determine to appoint separate Officers for undergraduate and postgraduate provision.
Quality Officers work closely with, but are not generally members of Executive Committees, particularly the relevant executive member with responsibility for Learning and Teaching e.g. College Dean of Learning and Teaching, School Learning and Teaching Convener. Quality Officers should also liaise closely with colleagues responsible for Postgraduate Taught provision e.g. Deans of Graduate Studies, School PGT Convener.
Roles and Responsibilities
Quality Officers are expected to provide leadership within their academic area in relation to quality assurance and enhancement processes and articulate University or national-quality processes and requirements for their local processes and roles. Quality Officers also have an essential role to play in the identification and dissemination of good practice highlighted across their School or College.
An element of identifying and dissemination good practice is attendance at relevant committees such as Staff-Student Liaison Committees, School or College Learning and Teaching Committees and (as appropriate) University Quality Officers Forum.
The agreed roles for Quality Officers are available below:
Induction and training for new School and College Quality Officers, and a refresher for existing Quality Officers, takes place annually in October and is organised and led by members of the Quality Officers Forum. The training has variously covered approaches to annual monitoring, an overview of quality processes and served as an interactive forum for Quality Officers to feedback to the Senate Office.
Heads of Colleges and Heads of Schools should advertise Quality Officer vacancies and invite expressions of interest from academic colleagues.
School and College Quality Officers are fractional appointments and are normally for 3 years in the first instance.