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Quality Assurance and Enhancement

The work of the team

UEL’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement team is responsible for the development and implementation of our quality assurance processes and procedures, and provides support to academic and support staff, our student body, and staff and students at our collaborative partners.

Our work includes the development and implementation of quality assurance processes for:
  • programme approval and modification;
  • annual monitoring and periodic review;
  • the external examiner system;
  • institutional approval and ongoing due diligence for our collaborative partners;
  • approval and review of programmes with our collaborative partners;
  • aspects of student feedback mechanisms, such as Module Evaluation and the Your Voice Counts programme survey;
  • working with our Student Union to train student representatives.

Our services

    We service a great number of UEL’s committees, especially those which report into Academic Board, such as the Quality and Standards Committee, and the Regulations Committee, and even some of their sub-committees.  We also help to train servicing officers of other committees.

    We lead UEL’s preparations for any external reviews, and can also provide support to our collaborative partners undertaking similar reviews.  We can also provide support to schools when preparing for visits by their respective Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies, so please do ask us for support.

    We keep an eye on any changes to external frameworks, and ensure that we update our processes and guidance where we need to. 

    We offer other types of staff development, so we train staff to chair collaborative validation and review events; provide training on our annual monitoring (REP) process; we also help support link tutors and also student representatives for their programmes.

    We do some of the processing for the extenuation process.

    Because we have institutional oversight of our processes, we are also able to understand where enhancements and improvements have been made, or can be made.  We work with various teams, such as our Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and our Literacy and Language Services team.

    Where do I find details of our quality processes and procedures?

    These are available in our Quality Manual, which is available on our governance pages There are also guidance and other templates available to support you with your work.  You can also contact our team members – their contact details are below.

    Extenuation

    If you have any queries regarding extenuation please send an email to extenuation@uel.ac.uk

    What else do we do?

    We work closely with our academic colleagues, with team members partnering with specific schools to provide support and guidance on quality processes.  Each school has its own quality leader and its own quality committee, and we help to support these as well, but we believe that we are all responsible for quality within our work.

    Team members are also responsible for particular processes – details are below.  We are always happy to help with any queries – or listen to recommendations for enhancements to our practice.

    How do we work?

    The Quality Assurance and Enhancement (QAE) team is based at the Docklands Campus DL.4.01

    Roles: Development and implementation of QAE policy; communication with external bodies; Institutional Review; staff development in quality matters; advice and guidance on quality systems; Chair of Validation and Review Sub-Committee.
    Telephone: 020-8223-2341
    E-mail: i.pearson@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures; assists with the co-ordination of the QAE Office activities; manages the validation and review schedule; Chairs the University Short Course Panel; maintains institutional records of validated programmes; conducts staff development activities; represents QAE at Psychology School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC), represents QAE on the University Quality and Standards Committee and Validation and Review Sub-Committee; co-ordinates External Examiner appointment and annual reporting systems; chairs External Examiners Sub-Committee; and manages the Quality and Standards Committee's Annual Audit of Quality Assurance.
    Telephone:
    020-8223-2373
    E-mail: p.brimson@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures particularly in relation to collaborative activity; co-ordinates processes that lead to approval of new collaborative partnerships and management of links with collaborative partners; drafts and updates Memoranda of Co-operation; staff development activities; represents QAE on The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Research Degrees Committee; represents QAE on a number of School Collaborative Committees; Secretary to Validation and Review Panels.
    Telephone: 020-8223-6210
    E-mail: p.board@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Works with Schools, staff and UELSU officers to maximise student representation on university and programme committees. Delivers staff development activities regarding student feedback and quality systems. Manages UEL’s module based processes for student feedback.  . Represents QAE on School of Architecture Computing and Engineering School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC). Manages the quality-based aspects of UEL’s engagement with external surveys, such as NSS and PTES, primarily relating to the outcomes of these surveys.  Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.  Secretary to Validation and Review Panels and Periodic Academic Review Panels.
    Telephone: 020-8223-2393
    E-mail: r.bassi@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Represents QAE on Cass School of Education and Communities School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC); Servicing Officer to Regulations Committee and Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee; Secretary to Validation and Review events and Periodic Academic Review panels; servicing the Competency Based Learning and APEL working group; staff development activities. Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.
    Telephone: 020-8223-7471
    E-mail: v.manning@uel.ac.uk

    Roles: Officer to Validation & Review Sub-Committee and Short Course Panel; represents QAE on School of Business and Law School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC); Secretary to Validation and Review Panels; staff development activities. Also provides supports towards collaborative partnership and processes. Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.
    Telephone: 020-8223-2007
    E-mail: l.pomfrett@uel.ac.uk

    Roles: Represents QAE on the Social Sciences School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC); manages the UEL Extenuation process; Servicing Officer to Equality and Diversity Committee; Secretary to Validation and Review events, and Academic Review panels. Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.
    Telephone: 020-8223-7523
    E-mail: e.livingstone@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Represents QAE on School of Health Sports and Bioscience School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC); Servicing Officer for the Education and Student Success Committee. Responsible for Review and Enhancement Process and supports work on Evasys surveys. Secretary to Validation and Review Panels and Periodic Academic Review Panels. Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.
    Telephone: 020-8223-6708
    E-mail: w.monaghan@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Represents QAE on School of Arts and Digital Industries School Quality Standing Committee (SQSC); services the Teaching Excellence Framework Readiness Group; responsible for SQSC Validation Panel Training. Secretary to Validation and Review Panels and Periodic Review Panels. Provides advice and guidance on quality assurance systems and procedures.
    Telephone: 020-8223-4569
    E-mail: j.mayhew@uel.ac.uk 
    Roles: External Examiners' Administrator (responsible for institutional links with External Examiners; Secretary to External Examiners Sub-Committee); Supports external examiner processes.
    Telephone: 020-8223-2011
    E-mail: c.t.quirk@uel.ac.uk
    Roles: Supports the QAE team to prepare for University-wide committees. Supports the team with arrangements for the management of review and collaborative validation events at UEL and its partner organisations. Maintains the team’s web pages to ensure that they remain current. Assists the External Examiner Administrator with arrangements for External Examiner Induction events. Works with the UEL Travel Office to organise team and panel travel for validation, review and other events. Provides diary management, financial and secretarial support to the Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement
    Telephone: 020-8223-2009
    E-mail: a.hassan@uel.ac.uk