APQO staff development workshops

  • Committee servicing and minute taking

    Date of session: TBC

    Time: TBC

    Venue: TBC

    Presenters/facilitators: Liz Turner (APQO), Suzanne Jones (APQO)

    Content: This workshop is aimed at secretaries of any type of committee at any level of the University. The training will cover three key aspects of committee work: note taking and minute writing; record keeping; and the University's governance structure, and the role and function of committees in it. The session will cover the role of the committee secretary, with particular focus on minute-writing, and participants will also learn about the University's main decision-making bodies and what they do. The session will involve presentations, group work and the analysis of examples from previous minutes.

    NB: If secretaries would like support on the committee websites then they should contact Suzanne Jones directly at suzanne.jones@brookes.ac.uk or on extension 4336 for one-to-one support.

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    Managing Non-UMP Examination Committees

    Date of session: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm

    Venue: JHB1.28, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Presenters/facilitators: Liz Turner (APQO), CSAT Systems Managers

    Content: The session will cover: the regulatory context for non-UMP examination committees; the data and documentation available to support them; preparing for and following up examination committee meetings effectively; modelling good practice and avoiding common pitfalls. In respect of the latter point, participants are invited to share their own experiences of examination committees in the group discussion.

    Of interest to: This session is compulsory for staff who wish to chair examination committees for non-UMP provision (and must be attended every three years). It is also suitable for non-UMP examination committee secretaries. Please note that training sessions for chairs of Subject Examination Committees within the UMP are provided by Student Central.

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    Assessing and monitoring risks for collaborative provision

    Date of session: TBC

    Time: TBC

    Venue: TBC

    Presenters/facilitators: Gary Lambourne (FLS), Liz Turner (APQO)

    Content: This session will include a brief outline of the theory behind the risk assessment process for collaborative partnerships (revised in November 2015) and how it links in with the QA timeline for collaborative approvals, and to the annual review and ‘improvement action planning' processes. It will go through the different stages of identifying and assessing risks, and risk improvement planning (for Medium/High and High risks). We will also look at how, when and by whom the action plans and risk register should be monitored and reviewed. Participants are invited to bring along examples of a risk register and any improvement plans they have developed for the collaborative arrangements they manage.

    Of interest to: for example, Liaison Managers, PL(CP)s, PL(QA)s, and any other colleagues with responsibility for setting up and/or the quality monitoring of collaborative arrangements.

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    Introduction to the Liaison Manager role

    Date of session: TBC

    Time: TBC

    Venue: TBC

    Presenters/facilitators: Liz Turner (APQO), Edwina Towson (FLS)

    Content: This session aims to support academic staff who have recently been appointed as Liaison Managers, for either UK or international collaborative arrangements, to ensure they are aware of the key responsibilities of the role and areas of . It will be structured around the Liaison Manager role descriptor, and will offer an opportunity to discuss good practice in all aspects of the role and how to recognise and address areas of risk, drawing on the experience of participants.

    Of interest to: the session is aimed at new and recently appointed Liaison Managers

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    Chairing Validation Panels

    Date of session: TBC

    Time: TBC

    Venue: TBC

    Presenters/facilitators: Liz Turner (APQO), George Roberts (OCSLD)

    Content: The session will provide an overview of the Chair’s role and responsibilities before, during and after a panel event; and will explore how panels can promote good practice in programme design. Participants will be invited to share their observations on good and bad practice in panel chairing, during group discussions.

    Of interest to: The session is particularly aimed at colleagues wishing to chair programme approval or periodic review panels. However, it is also suitable for staff who wish to become involved as (non-chair) panel members; and Programme Leads who are preparing to present their programme/s to one of these panels are also welcome to attend.

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    Introduction to QA in HE

    Date of session: TBC (2 hour session)

    Venue: TBC

    Presenters/facilitators: Liz Turner (APQO), Ailsa Clarke (APQO)

    Content: The session will cover:

    • what is meant by ‘quality’ and ‘standards’ in higher education;
    • the range of systems which make up the QA framework in the sector, and the key elements of the Brookes quality strategy;
    • the HEFCE revised operating model for quality assessment, and how that has/will impact on the University’s approach to quality assurance;
    • how QA can help to support the University’s student experience agenda (and Teaching Excellence Framework submissions).

    Of interest to: Colleagues new to or interested in QA administration.

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