QAA leads the development and review of Subject Benchmark Statements. These Statements are reviewed on a seven-year cyclical basis to ensure they are as useful as possible for discipline communities and can fulfill a range of purposes across the sector, including course design and providing support for securing academic standards.
For 2022-23, we are inviting expressions of interest from the academic and subject community to act as Chairs and Deputy Chairs for the subjects outlined below.
Chair and Deputy Chair selection and membership
QAA is committed to ensuring that the roles of Chair and Deputy Chair reflect the rich diversity of the subject communities, with the aim of promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity in the development of the Statements. Expressions of interest from academic colleagues from ethnic communities are particularly welcome.
Responsibilities of the Chair/Deputy Chair
The Chair/Deputy Chair of each Subject Benchmark Statement will work closely with the QAA Liaison Officer assigned to each SBS Advisory Group. Together, they are responsible for selecting the Advisory Group members. Both the membership of Advisory Groups and the content of the Statements will embody QAA’s commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity across all our work.
The Chairs will coordinate the work of the Advisory Group in the review and process of writing the Statement. They will work together with the QAA Liaison Officer to ensure the Statement meets QAA requirements and is completed and published to an agreed timeframe. The Deputy Chair will deputise for the Chair where required and have specific responsibilities for the operation of the Advisory Group that will be agreed in advance with the Chair and Liaison Officer.
Please note that Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Advisory Groups can only be drawn from higher education providers who are QAA Members. A major benefit of being a QAA Member is the opportunity to shape and inform our policies, standards and sector reference points, of which Subject Benchmark Statements are a key aspect.
Expectations and commitment
The role of the Chair/Deputy Chair will require a high level of commitment to ensure that the Statement is developed and published to an agreed timeframe. You will be required to chair Advisory Group meetings and delegate to any sub-groups within the main Advisory Group. Experience of editing reports, consolidating multiple contributions into a single report, writing clearly and succinctly for a range of different audiences, and working to deadlines are essential elements of the Chair’s role.
Please read the Responsibilities of Chairs/Deputy Chairs document for more details on the evidence criteria and expectations of the Chair/Deputy Chair. Reviewing and publishing existing Subject Benchmark Statements usually takes between nine and 12 months, so you will need to make a commitment for the period of the review.
There is no remuneration for the role of Chair/Deputy Chair on a QAA Advisory Group. Advisory Group meetings will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Statements to be reviewed
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food and Consumer Sciences
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
Dance, Drama and Performance
- Land, Construction, Real Estate and Surveying
- Landscape Architecture
- Librarianship, Information, Knowledge, Records and Archives Management
- Town and Country Planning
- Veterinary Nursing
How to submit an Expression of Interest
If you would like to be considered for the role of Chair/Deputy Chair, please submit an expression of interest outlining how your experience and skills meet the requirements of the role.
We have also provided the survey questions in MS Word to help you when preparing your response.
PSRBS and Subject Associations are also welcome to put forward candidates for consideration. QAA may engage relevant PSRBs and subject associations in the shortlisting and nomination process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 10 October 2022.
If you would like any further information, please email Amy Spencer, Quality and Standards Development Officer.