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University of London Worldwide Teaching Centres Committee

The University of London Worldwide Teaching Centres Committee (TCC) is responsible for ensuring that the criteria for the University’s Recognised Teaching Centres and the Teaching Centre Recognition Framework align with national and international frameworks and regulations for higher education providers.

The TCC has a key role in protecting the University’s reputation through ongoing monitoring of the application of appropriate quality mechanisms to assure the student experience and student outcomes in Recognised Teaching Centres.

The TCC is also responsible for ensuring that the University’s Agreement with Recognised Teaching Centres (RTCs) appropriately defines the University’s relationship with third party institutions that are granted Recognised Centre Status.

The Terms of Reference cover the following:

  • TCC’s advisory function when making recommendations about recognition status of teaching centres to the UoLW Board.
  • TCC’s delegated authority to make decisions on policies that support the Teaching Centre Recognised Framework (TCRF).
  • TCC’s responsibility for receiving risk reports and monitoring reports concerning the performance of Recognised Teaching Centres against the programme particular requirements applicable to RTCs, as articulated in the Agreement between the University and RTCs.

Reporting

The TCC reports its recommendations regarding recognition of new entrants to the TCRF, continuing recognition status for Recognised Teaching Centres, and any changes to the scope of recognition for the Recognised Teaching Centres directly to the Board of University of London Worldwide, which is responsible for endorsing such recommendations.

All other business conducted by the UoLW is reported to the University of London Worldwide Academic Committee.

Teaching Centres Committee

Policy and frameworks

  1. Ensure that the recognition criteria associated with the Teaching Centre Recognition Framework align with the QAA Quality Code and meet the conditions set out in the regulatory framework for higher education providers by the Office for Students, and any other relevant external frameworks/regulations.
  2. Ensure that University policies supporting the TCRF are up to date, aligned with University regulations and relevant external reference points for higher education provision.

Recognition status and monitoring

  1. To make recommendations concerning:
    a: new teaching centres seeking recognition within the TCRF, taking into account the specific gateway criteria detailed in the TCRF.
    b: any major changes to the scope of recognition for Recognised Teaching Centres, including additional campuses.
  2. Receive reports on minor changes to the scope of recognition for Recognised Teaching Centres, including the offering of additional programmes and changes to premises, subject to scrutiny and approval by the University of London Worldwide Senior Leadership Team.
  3. Make recommendations concerning the termination of recognition for a Recognised Teaching Centre, or one of its campuses or programmes.
  4. Receive an annual report on behalf of the University of London Worldwide Senior Leadership Team on market identification and planned activities.
  5. Receive reports on developments on regulatory issues concerning Transnational Education (TNE) that may inform decisions on or affect recognition for UoL Recognised Teaching Centres, including changes to regulations in significant markets.

Monitoring

  1. Consider reports from monitoring events carried out as part of the quality assurance mechanisms in place for Recognised Teaching Centres, and to make recommendations concerning any changes to the recognition status of teaching centres.
  2. Receive an Annual Recognised Teaching Centre monitoring report and to note the recommendations made by the Annual Monitoring Executive Group concerning the status of recognition for Recognised Teaching Centres.

Risk management

  1. Monitor the evaluation of risk levels against agreed risk indicators and tolerable risk exposure.
  2. Monitor and manage risk against agreed indicators for Recognised Teaching Centres, making decisions regarding any need for an appropriately targeted monitoring event.

Papers for this committee are likely to contain commercially sensitive information and are not routinely published. They can be requested but may be subject to exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.