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 21/22 Webinar Series: OfS Consultation on Quality and Standards Conditions

This event is now closed for online bookings. Please contact events@aua.ac.uk to book your place.   The purpose of this event is to give QSN members the opportunity to discuss and share views on the OfS Quality and Standards conditions consultation questions. This event is free to QSN members. We will share an online survey prior to the event. This webinar will take place

Event Dates: 08/09/2021 4:00 pm - 08/09/2021 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 6 Let’s talk about standards. Working with the new definitions in the OfS regulatory framework

The OfS launch of its consultation on quality and standards stated that 'the proposals would not only raise expected standards for all universities and colleges, but will also enable effective and robust action when quality slips in particular subjects or for different groups of students'. In this webinar we will examine the implications of the new definitions of quality and

Event Dates: 10/03/2022 3:00 pm - 10/03/2022 5:00 pm
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Join us for this 6th meeting of the QSN Module Evaluation Special Interest Group. This webinar will take place via Zoom. A link will be sent out in the joining instructions. Before submitting your booking, please ensure you know which subscription your institution has purchased for the 2021/22 period. If you're unsure, please contact events@aua.ac.uk. When you are ready to make a

Event Dates: 27/01/2022 3:00 pm - 27/01/2022 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 7 Engaging with the new TEF

In this webinar we will reflect on the outcomes of the November 2021 TEF consultation and the implications for universities of the lengthy delay between iterations of the framework. If you would like to present a 7 -minute ‘Lightning Talk’ please contact chair@qualitystrategynetwork.org. This webinar will take place via Zoom. A link will be sent out in the joining instructions. Before submitting your

Event Dates: 19/05/2022 3:00 pm - 19/05/2022 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 4 AGM/QSN Christmas networking meeting (BYO glass of wine and mince pie)

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Event Dates: 16/12/2021 3:30 pm - 16/12/2021 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 3 Survivors’ Tales: Lessons learned from Ofsted inspections of degree apprenticeships

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Event Dates: 18/11/2021 3:00 pm - 18/11/2021 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 2 The Covid Legacy for Quality Assurance

The Covid 19 pandemic prompted significant changes not only in terms of how higher education providers teach and assess but also how they quality assure their programmes. Face to face  validation events and external examiner briefings were transformed into online meetings and we have to ask ourselves if these will ever return to being face to face. Effective and transparent communication

Event Dates: 14/10/2021 3:00 pm - 14/10/2021 5:00 pm
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QSN 21/22 Webinar Series: 1 Revisiting Enhancement across the nations (15:00 until 17:00)

In this webinar, we will learn about different approaches to institutional level enhancement from institutions from the 4 nations. If you would like to present a 7 -minute ‘Lightning Talk’ please contact chair@qualitystrategynetwork.org. During the session, you will be invited to join a breakout room which will provide you with an opportunity for group discussions. You can answer the questions prior to and

Event Dates: 16/09/2021 3:00 pm - 16/09/2021 5:00 pm
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