Terms of reference
The Programmes Committee is a sub-committee of the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee (QAEC). It has delegated responsibility from QAEC to consider proposals for new and major modifications to undergraduate and Master’s level taught programmes of study. The Committee is also responsible for making recommendations to QAEC for changes to the College’s academic and examination regulations related to taught programmes.
The Committee is also responsible for providing quality assurance oversight for courses that do not result in the award of the College but that bear the name of the College. This includes, but is not limited to, continuing professional development, Horizons, Business for Professional Engineering and Scientists (BPES) modules, pre-sessional courses, and summer school courses, including outreach. Details of all College’s external facing short courses will be held within the Short Course Catalogue.
The Committee’s remit excludes the Graduate School’s professional skills development programme and Careers Service’s training programme which are quality assured separately.
Approval of programmes of study
- To oversee and approve an annual schedule of programme approval activity for the College linked to College Strategic Planning Round.
- To consider and recommend, to the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee, the approval of new award bearing undergraduate and Master’s level programmes congruent with College expectations and academic and examination regulations for taught programmes.
- To manage the approval process and programme development activity including providing advice at the initial stages in such areas as: regulatory queries; engagement with the College’s Mission; relevant College Codes of Practice and Strategies; and development of a Memorandum of Agreement (for collaborative programmes).
- To scrutinise the academic standards and quality of new programme proposals, including the content of the curriculum, the learning, teaching and assessment strategies and the curriculum structure.
- To ensure that sufficient external and independent consultation (including student consultation) has been sought in assessing the academic standards and quality of new programme proposals.
- To ensure that relevant internal and external reference points, including Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) requirements, have been taken into consideration in the design of a programme.
- To advise on modifications to the College regulations and procedures that affect taught programmes of study.
Major modifications to programmes of study
- To consider proposals for changes to existing programme titles, the suspension or withdrawal of programmes and major modifications to the curriculum structure, content and delivery of individual programmes in accordance with the College policy on programme modifications.
- To receive and endorse reports from Faculty Education Committees on the approval of minor modifications to approved curricula.
- Following appropriate strategic partnership approval, to approve all new collaborative modules (those which are run in collaboration with another institution).
- To ensure that sufficient external and independent consultation (including student consultation) has been sought for modifications
Short course approval and modification
- To maintain an overview of the quality, standards and enhancement of College’s short course activities.
- To approve new short courses offered by departments and centres.
- To approve major modifications to existing short courses.
- To advise on modifications to College regulations and procedures that affect short course provision.
- To advise QAEC on developments in UK and international short course provision.
- To maintain oversight of the College’s Short Course Catalogue/website.
Constitution and membership
- a chair, nominated by the Vice Provost (Education)
- a senior representative for educational leadership from each faculty, nominated by the Dean
- a senior representative from the School of Professional Development
- the Director of Educational Development
- the Head of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication
- a College Consul
- the Director of Student Support
- the Director or Deputy Director of the Graduate School
- three student representatives nominated by Imperial College Union
- the Academic Registrar or nominee
- the Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)
- an Assistant Registrar as secretary
|Professor Emma McCoy||Chair|
|Dr Lorraine Craig||Representative from the Faculty of Engineering|
|Professor Alan Spivey||Representative from the Faculty of Natural Science|
|Professor Sue Smith||Representative from the Faculty of Medicine|
|Dr Edgar Meyer||Representative from Imperial College Business School|
|Ms Betty Yue||Representative from the School of Professional Development|
|Dr Martyn Kingsbury||Director of Educational Development|
|Dr Roberto Trotta||Head of the Centre for Languags, Culture and Communication|
|Professor Myra McClure||College Consul|
|Professor Denis Wright||Director of Student Support|
|Professor Sue Gibson||Director of the Graduate School|
|Mr Luke McCrone||Deputy President (Education), Imperial College Union|
|TBC||President, Graduate Students' Union|
|Mr Nas Andriopoulus||President, Imperial College Union|
|Ms Judith Webster||Head of Academic Services|
|Ms Sophie White||Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)|
|Mr Daniel Smith||Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)|
Meeting dates and deadlines
|Committee dates (Academic year 2016/17)||Submission deadlines (Academic year 2016/17)|
|06 September 2016||23 August 2016|
|25 October 2016||11 October 2016|
|13 December 2016||29 November 2016|
|21 March 2017||07 March 2017|
|09 May 2017||25 April 2017|
Agenda items (including papers) should be submitted to the committee secretary two weeks prior to the committee meeting. Papers will normally be circulated to members one week prior to the committee meeting.
Submission deadlines for new programme proposals should be agreed separately with the committee secretary prior to the meeting and is normally 12 weeks prior to committee.