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Quality assurance

Student Charter

Student Charter (pdf) - summarises the standards of service the School expects and aspires to offer students, as well as the standards of conduct which students should expect and aspire to follow in turn. Students and prospective students are encouraged to read this.

Quality and Standards Management

The Quality and Standards Committee is the main School forum responsible for policy and procedures to assure and enhance the quality and academic standards of the School's taught course programme (advising the Senate). Members include the Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching), Associate Dean of Education for Quality Management & Enhancement (Chair) and Taught Course Directors. Meetings are approximately termly.

Strategy

The  Learning & Teaching Strategy is currently being updated.

The Quality & Standards Committee has agreed a Quality Assurance & Enhancement Code of Practice in line with the School's Education Strategy.  Alongside this QSC, maintains a rolling workplan for review of all aspects of the School's quality processes.

For further information, please contact the Quality & Academic Standards Team.

Integrations with National Standards

The QAA website gives more general information about national Quality Assurance requirements. The School follows the national Academic Infrastructure, which includes the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the QAA Code of Practice. The School has a Credit and Qualifications Framework which defines the underpinning structures for all modules and programmes leading to taught awards and research higher education qualifications at LSHTM.

The Office for Students website also gives information about national/governmental requirements on quality assurance in Higher Education.

Education Strategy

Education Strategy (pdf)

External Reviews and Accreditation

LSHTM last underwent Institutional Review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in autumn 2012, looking at the quality and standards of our educational provision. This is a process in which all UK universities are required to participate every six years.

The review report confirms that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 'meets UK expectations' in all the judgement areas looked at by QAA - academic standards, quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities, and public  information about the education we offer.

The School has agreed a main action plan in response to the recommendations and affirmations in the report, which was published in May 2013 and has been regularly updated (most recently in June 2016) with progress to date. 

The Accreditation register lists award-bearing LSHTM courses specifically accredited by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

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Programme specifications

Please check individual course pages.

Collaborative Provision

The School has a dedicated Code of Practice for Identifying, Designing and Managing Collaborative Provision that sets out the processes and procedures for establishing and managing courses, programmes and modules delivered with collaborators. 

The strategic selection of collaborators is managed by the School's Senior Leadership Team. Before work can begin on developing detailed paperwork for the introduction of a course, programme or module, using the processes outlined in the Code, you must have obtained agreement from the Senior Leadership Team.

The Code of Practice is supported by a number of documents, listed below:

The Collaborative Provision Register lists courses and programmes that the School runs with its collaborators.

A further Quality Assurance Schedule describes the split of responsibilities for distance learning courses between LSHTM and the University of London International Programmes.

Staff are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean of Quality Management & Enhancement or the Quality & Academic Standards Team at the early stages of the process of identifying and designing academic collaborative provision, or to discuss the management of existing collaborative provision courses or programmes.

Student surveys

Find out more on the Have your Say website.