QAC - Terms of Reference/Membership

Terms of Reference
  1. To advise the Academic Board on principles, policies and procedures relating to the quality assurance and enhancement of teaching, learning and assessment;
  2. To audit and evaluate the University's quality assurance procedures and assessment regulations and to develop strategies for improvement;
  3. To monitor quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms at Programme/Departmental level including the review and consideration of specific issues raised in the Annual Programme Review Reports at the request of the Academic Board;
  4. To keep under review the systems of examination and assessment including the External Examiner system. To approve the appointment of External Examiners and External Programme Assessors on behalf of the Academic Board and to monitor External Examiner Reports and Departmental responses to ensure that appropriate actions are taken and to inform policy development. To make an annual report to the Academic Board on the operation of the external advisory system;
  5. To approve course changes and the introduction of new elective courses on behalf of the Academic Board;
  6. To consider preliminary submissions to HKCAAVQ/PVRC and final submissions to PVRC for Programme Validation and/or Review and proposals for changes to programmes from the quality assurance perspective on behalf of the Academic Board and to make recommendations for improvement;
  7. To monitor all guidance and requirements issued by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and the Education Bureau (EDB), particularly in relation to Periodic Review, Programme Validation/Revalidation and academic standards at HKQF levels 5 and initiate and coordinate action as appropriate;
  8. To monitor and report to the Academic Board on a range of relevant risk and performance indicators, such as:
    • Statistical data on programme performance
    • Student feedback and survey results
    • Annual reports on appeals against assessment results.

Meetings of the QAC
  1. The QAC meets 4 times a year. Meeting are   scheduled to provide input to regular Academic Board meetings. The Committee will also interact electronically as is necessary for its business to be effectively progressed.
  2. QAC is primarily responsible for curricular change, substantial changes to programmes, and programme validation at the undergraduate level.
  3. QAC may set up limited life Working Groups to take forward as required as requires the detailed examination of, or consultation on, strategic issues under its mandate.
  4. The Chairs of other Academic Board Committees shall receive papers for the Committee upon request and can attend any of the meetings.
  5. The Chairs may invite individuals to attend specific meetings or address specific agenda items.

Membership (As from September 2023)
  Membership Category Description
1. Chair Assistant Academic Vice-President:
  • Dr. Wendy LUI
2. Member (Deputy Chair) Appointed by Academic Vice-President
  • Dr. WONG Ka Ki
3. Members Vice President (Graduate School):
  • Prof. Catherine TANG
4.   Three Heads of Department not concurrently serving on PVRC appointed by the Academic VP:
  • Prof. Calvin YU (C&P)
  • Dr. Hua LEE (ACCT)
  • Dr. Connie YUEN (ADS)
5.   Three academic staff below the level of Head of Department with particular interest/responsibility for academic quality assurance at Departmental level nominated by their Department and appointed by the Academic VP:
  • Dr. LI Hang (SOC)
  • Dr. Crispy TONG (J&C)
  • Dr. Edward TANG (E&F)
6.   Six academic staff below the level of Head of Department appointed by the Academic Vice-President:
  • Dr. Rebekah BALE (ENG)
  • Dr. Lubanski LAM (BA)
  • Dr. Raymond CHUI (SW)
  • Dr. Shawn MAO (HIST)
  • Dr. NG Kwan Kwan (CHI)
  • Vacant
7. Student Representative One student representative elected by the entire student body:
  • Vacant (No Student Representative for 2023/24 academic year)
8.   Up to two additional members may be co-opted on a project basis by the Chair.
9. Secretary
  • Ms. Emmy SHEA (Executive Officer)

The Chair may invite individuals to attend specific meetings or specific agenda items.