We operate a number of committees, each with responsibility for different areas of our work.
Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC)
The ARLC is responsible for the operation and development of the Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education. Members include further and higher education representatives. This committee meets three times per year and is chaired by a member of our Board.
Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP)
This committee considers applications for degree awarding powers (DAP) and/or university title (UT). ACDAP is made up of both Board and external members and meets quarterly.
Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for internal controls and risk management systems, internal and external audits, and financial reporting. This committee is made up of both Board and external members and meets three times per year. Board members who serve on this committee are Mr Craig Watkins (Chair), Ms Eve Alcock, Ms Sara Drake, Ms Linda Duncan and Mr Oliver Turnbull.
Designated Quality Body (DQB) Committee
The Committee’s responsibilities are to monitor the delivery of the DQB functions and provide information and assurance to the Board on the delivery of those functions. The Committee also provides advice and guidance to QAA officers about the delivery of the DQB functions and associated matters. The Committee is made of Board members and meets quarterly. Members are Professor Simon Gaskell (Chair), Ms Linda Duncan, Dr Vanessa Davies and Mr Craig Watkins.
Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC)
The NRC advises the Board on the appointment, terms and conditions, and remuneration of our Senior Management Team. Using our Articles of Association, the committee makes sure that the Board collectively has the skills, knowledge, expertise and diversity to fulfil all its duties. This small committee is made up of Board members and meets twice a year. Board members who serve on this committee are Professor Simon Gaskell (Chair), Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Mr Oliver Johnson, Ms Linda Duncan and Professor Susan Rigby.
QAA Scotland Strategic Advisory Committee
This committee provides information about the legislative, regulatory, funding and policy environment for Scottish higher education. The committee is made up of a Board member from Scotland, our Director of Nations and International, and external Scottish representatives. They meet at least twice a year.
QAA Wales Strategic Advisory Committee
This committee provides information about the legislative, regulatory, funding and policy environment for Welsh higher education. The committee is made up of a Board member from Wales, our Director of Nations and International, and external Welsh representatives. They meet at least twice a year.
Student Strategic Advisory Committee (SSAC)
This committee facilitates discussions between students and QAA on developments in the higher education sector. Our Chief Executive and other members of our Board attend SSAC meetings. They meet three times a year.
In June 2017 our Board appointed its first Honorary Treasurer. The Treasurer makes sure that our financial functions are carried out with due diligence. They work with our Finance Director to provide regular reports to the Board on the financial health of QAA.