Staff Handbook: 2.4 The Management of Teaching and Learning

Introduction

This document provides a brief summary of the way in which teaching and learning are managed within the School. Not all links or components are shown. See 2.2 Management Structures for the full details. (Current post-holders are listed in 2.3 Officers and Committees.)

Diagram of management structure

A key feature compared to the way in which some University Schools and Departments are organised is the partial separation of the management of content and delivery from the management of pastoral care and progression. The Academic Management Team oversees the content and delivery of programmes and modules. The Student Development & Support Team, including the Welfare Team, oversee all student support (see 3.5 Student Support and Guidance), which includes pastoral and welfare issues as well as the management of academic progression (see 3.4 Monitoring Student Progression and Achievement) assisted by Academic Advisors who each have responsibility for an assigned set of students. Programme Directors or Year Tutors (where they exist) have no pastoral responsibilities.

Some Interactions in the Management Structure

Module Providers interact with the Academic Management Team in setting up the 'Module Catalogue' and in preparing module documentation (see 3.2.2 Module Quality Assurance Procedures). The Academic Management Team is responsible for 'top level' documentation (e.g. most programme documentation) and for ensuring quality throughout; Module Providers are responsible for creating and maintaining documentation for their modules (including the contents of Module Boxes, etc.) as well as for delivering the modules and assessing students.

The Quality Assurance & Enhancement Committee (QAEC) is responsible for monitoring assessment by moderating all examination papers and reviewing all continuous assessment assignments. Teaching Committee recommends new procedures or changes to procedures relevant to teaching and learning, and recommends new modules and changes to existing modules. There is close interaction between the two committees.

Students interact with the Student Development & Support Team, particularly by bringing welfare and pastoral problems to the Welfare Team; the team also follows up problems which have been reported by academic staff including Academic Advisors. The Student Handbook is maintained by the Student Development & Support Team.

Students interact with the Staff/Student Consultative Committee by electing representatives. Via these representatives they then are able to influence policy. The Committee is also a 'last resort' for problems and complaints (which should always have been taken elsewhere first).

The Head of Student Development & Support is member of the Teaching Committee and of QAEC and senior members of the Academic Management Team are members of the Staff/Student Consultative Committee to ensure that welfare and academic issues are always 'in-step' and to ensure the total quality of provision.