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University of London Worldwide Academic Committee

The Academic Committee has been established by the Board of the University of London Worldwide to assist it to undertake its functions.

The Academic Committee is responsible for ensuring that existing quality assurance mechanisms are appropriately applied to assure the standard of the University of London award for the University's online and distance learning programmes.

The committee is further responsible for any review and development of quality assurance mechanisms and ensures that they are appropriately aligned with relevant codes of practice for quality assurance in higher education.

This includes alignment with the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and conditions set by the Office for Students, and extends to relevant legislation and requirements of other external agencies.

The Academic Committee is responsible for providing an annual report on its activities to the Board of the University of London Worldwide.

The Terms of Reference detail the following:

  • Academic Committee's delegated authority to approve certain academic matters.
  • Academic Committee's advisory function when making recommendations for consideration and endorsement by the Board of the University of London Worldwide.
  • Academic Committee's responsibilities concerning the monitoring of and assuring alignment with relevant regulatory frameworks.

Reporting

The University of London Worldwide Academic Committee reports to the University of London Worldwide.

Academic Committee

  1. To advise the Board on academic matters for the University of London Worldwide (UoLW), including the maintenance of standards of awards, quality assurance policies and procedures, and academic regulations.
  2. To have oversight of the academic performance of UoLW programmes and report to the Board of the University of London Worldwide.
  3. To contribute to the strategic and operational planning of the UoLW as it pertains to academic and student matters.
  4. To have oversight of and make recommendations concerning the student experience, in line with the respective Quality Assurance Schedules.
  5. To make recommendations to the Board on the approval of new programmes and discontinuation or significant modification of existing programmes.
  6. To have oversight of the development of academic programmes and make recommendations to the Board on proposals for programme enhancement.
  7. To receive decisions taken by the Board on the admission, change in status, and removal of teaching centres from the Teaching Centre Recognition Framework, and to monitor the operation of the Framework and make regular reports to the Board.
  8. To make General Regulations for programmes offered through the University of London Worldwide, and to monitor and consider, on behalf of individual students, exemptions there from, and report these to the Board of the UoLW.
  9. To receive annual reports on cases dealt with under the procedures for the following, and to recommend appropriate actions:
    a: Assessment Offences
    b: Student Complaints and Academic Appeals
    c: the Code of Student Discipline (Ordinance 17).
  10. To establish sub-committees, ad hoc working groups and review panels, whose membership need not necessarily all be drawn from the Committee, to consider specific matters and make recommendations to the UoLW Academic Committee. The terms of reference and membership of these groups/panels shall be approved by the Academic Committee.
  11. To determine the terms of reference and membership of subject committees established to manage Consortium-based programmes.

Minutes of meetings of the UoLW Academic Committee will appear here once they have been confirmed.

Please note: Some papers for consideration by the UoLW Academic Committee, and sections of the recorded minutes, may be withheld from publication under the exemptions provided in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A provisional exemption will be applied in the preparation of the minutes and referenced in the text. If a request is made for information withheld in the published minutes, the University will take the required steps around the exemption, such as carrying out a public interest test, in making its response in accordance with the Act.