Protocols for the Executive Committee

The following protocols apply to meetings of the QSN Executive Committee:

1. Members of the Executive Committee (EC) are elected for a period of three years.
2. Post holders (Chair and Deputy Chair) are proposed by the Executive to an Annual General Meeting of the Network. Post holders are elected for a term of three years; this supersedes their previous term of office. They may be re-elected for a further term of three years.
3. The AUA provides Financial Support to QSN via the AUA head of Finance as the QSN Financial Officer. The Financial Officer is responsive rather than active; the primary responsibility is to monitor the bank account and oversee the QSN Management Accounts. The Financial Officer supports the Chair and the wider Executive by overseeing the account, but has no decision-making role.
4. Members will attend (EC) meetings when possible. The Committee accepts that it will not be possible for members to attend every meeting. Increasingly many ECs utilise video conference technology.
5. The Chair of the meeting shall be responsible for ensuring that actions are recorded.
6. Quorum for an EC meeting shall be 6 members.  In the event that fewer than 6 members attend, operational matters may be agreed, but matters relating to finance or wider strategy will be subject to ratification by the full Executive, which will normally be conducted by email urgently after the meeting.
7. Decisions which have been made by the EC will not normally be revisited by subsequent meetings (unless other circumstances change).  Members who are unable to attend a meeting are invited:

i)     to send any comments to the Chair in advance, so that these may be taken into account at the meeting;

ii)   to review the minutes and raise as a matter of urgency any particular concerns they may have about decisions which have been taken.

8. Institutions will bear the expenses of Executive members in attending EC meetings, but the Committee will keep this under review, and may agree specific arrangements at its discretion.

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QSN Webinar: Building an Academic Regulatory Response to the Pandemic

  The Higher Education Sector has moved online. Teaching is being undertaken remotely and face to face assessment have been replaced with alternatives. Over the next month the majority of undergraduate students will complete their assessment for the year. But the potential impact of the pandemic on student achievement is wide ranging; students may

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QSN Webinar: Programme Monitoring, Approval (Covid-19) and Benchmarking

Programme approval, programme monitoring and benchmarking processes provide assurance of the ongoing quality and academic standards of programmes of study and enable the identification and delivery of systematic enhancements to the quality of learning opportunities. Changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to

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QSN: Module Evaluation Special Interest Group 4.0

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  Several institutions are looking critically at their current processes for module evaluation and are fundamentally rethinking their approach.  At this meeting, we will hear from colleagues who are developing alternative models to module and programme evaluation, which variously seek to engage students more positively in the enhancement of their learning experience, increase

Event Dates: 24/01/2020 10:30 am - 24/01/2020 3:00 pm
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QSN Symposium: What’s in your institution’s QA framework nowadays?

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  Recent changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to reflect on their quality assurance frameworks and to question if they remain fit for purpose. In the past, the sector was arguably characterised by a greater homogeneity

Event Dates: 12/12/2019 10:30 am - 12/12/2019 3:00 pm
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Value for Money, Grade Inflation and their relevance to TEF

Universities are continually working hard to improve all aspects of their institutions by driving efficiency, embracing innovation, working smarter and learning from each other. On 5th November 2018 the Education Select Committee published its report on 'Value for money in Higher Education' highlighting the importance of HE as part of our wider system of education and the need to ensure that students,

Event Dates: 20/06/2019 10:00 am - 20/06/2019 3:30 pm
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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships: The Continuing Story………

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This full-day seminar will give you a chance to listen to and engage with the current challenges, opportunities and institutional case studies surrounding Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The day will be an opportunity to gain a full understanding of Higher and Degree apprenticeship policy developments and best practice to help you

Event Dates: 05/07/2019 10:00 am - 05/07/2019 4:00 pm
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14th Annual Conference – QSN: The Hot Topics Conference

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The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity in a sector buffeted by daily media headlines and in the midst of potentially seismic changes affecting the sector as a whole. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the Office for Students continues to adopt a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach,

Event Dates: 19/09/2019 12:30 pm - 20/09/2019 2:00 pm
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Academic Quality in a Data Driven Environment and Working with the Quality Code

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Event Dates: 08/03/2019 12:00 am
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13th Annual Conference: A Regulated Quality Future?

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Measuring What Really Matters: Data-Based Approaches To Quality Management

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