At the Medical School, an over-arching Quality Framework sets out the areas of quality management that we are responsible for and how we achieve these through specific procedures and committees.
Through these formal processes we aim to satisfy any conditions of our agreements with partner institutions; any reporting obligations to the University of Nicosia; as well as any regulations as set by external bodies (for example, but not limited to, the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.P.A.E.)).
Overall, through these formal processes our goal is to:
- Improve outcomes for students through enhancing the quality of services delivered;
- Improve outcomes for staff through enhanced professional practice and through linking the framework to staff development plans;
- Ensure that findings from monitoring and review are dealt with appropriately; commending work that satisfies the framework conditions and dealing constructively with potential improvements; and
- Communicate effectively to all staff all outcomes from reviews.
On an operational level, senior staff, each responsible for their areas of expertise, meet regularly to ensure the effective implementation of strategy and processes and their continual evaluation and review.
Course management structures are in place to provide formal reporting lines for the relevant areas of the Quality Framework, and we have a range of committees that feed in to this structure. Cross-membership of committees by senior staff with responsibilities for quality management allows all groups to remain informed of key quality activities.
At the Medical School, operational responsibility for implementing the Quality Framework has been delegated to the Medical School’s Quality Assurance Group (QAG). Reporting to the QAG are the Department Quality Assurance Committees. The QA committees each meet at least twice per year. Further details about these, their remit and their membership, can be found in the Quality Framework below.