Quality assurance work in third cycle education
The faculty’s responsibility
The faculty’s research programmes board coordinates the work on quality assurance and quality enhancement of third cycle education. The work follows Lund University’s guidelines, which regulate the faculty’s responsibility for three overall processes:
- Establishment and discontinuation of study programmes and courses
- Evaluation of ongoing study programmes and courses
- Follow-up of quality assurance work and its results
General information about the quality assurance work
The three overall processes follow an annual cycle with six different stages. The annual organisational dialogues between the faculty management, each departmental management and the doctoral students’ union form the hub of the follow-up and evaluation of the quality of research studies as well as the quality assurance work in general. The dialogues are based on a number of issues and focus areas and cover elements of both evaluation and follow-up of the quality of the education.
The faculty’s work includes:
- Evaluating the study programmes according to a timetable included in the faculty’s plan for quality assurance and quality enhancement.
- Planning for development of the parts that the evaluation gives reason to develop. The heads of each department decide what measures are to be taken at the department in a development plan. The faculty’s development projects are listed in the faculty’s plan for quality assurance and quality enhancement. Major projects that require particular resources are included in the faculty’s plan of activities.
- Implementing and following up on the planned measures, and compiling the outcome.
- Discontinuing the study programmes whose quality cannot be maintained despite measures and establish study programmes when this can benefit the quality of the faculty’s research studies. There are separate rules of procedure for this process.
Quality assurance work is integrated with other improvement efforts conducted at the faculty and department levels. These efforts can be improvement initiatives within areas such as the work environment, gender equality and equal opportunities, and research infrastructure.
Quality assurance work is to be permeated by a culture that welcomes feedback from doctoral students, teaching staff, non-academic staff and stakeholders in every part of the study programme.
Read about the whole process and the plan for quality assurance work
You can read the policy documents (including plans), evaluation reports and compilations of follow-up on the programme page of the Faculty of Science’s research studies, accessible through the Canvas learning platform. The platform is open to doctoral students, supervisors and staff that work with third cycle education at the Faculty of Science.
If you want to read more but are not a faculty employee, you can contact Aleksandra Popovic for access to the documents.