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Call for Expressions of Interest for QAA Subject Benchmark Statements Chairs and Deputy Chairs


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 2021-22, 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 these roles reflect the wider diversity of the subject community with the aim of promoting equality and inclusivity in the development and content of the Statements.


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.


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 will 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 benchmarks, 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 roles and expectations of the Chair/Deputy Chair. Reviewing and publishing existing Subject Benchmark Statements usually takes between nine and twelve 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.


Statements to be reviewed

  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical science
  • Biosciences
  • Business and Management
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Languages, Cultures and Societies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research
  • Osteopathy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology

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 form outlining how your experience and skills meet the requirements of the role. QAA may discuss candidates nominated from relevant PSRBs and subject associations, but any final decision on the appointment of Chairs/Deputy Chairs will be made by QAA.


The deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 4 October 2021.


If you would like any further information, please contact Amy Spencer, Quality and Standards Development Officer, QAA at: a.spencer@qaa.ac.uk