Quality assurance processes take place at the Medical School to ensure that we are rigorous in all of our practices, meet any specific requirements (both internally and externally) and foster good practice throughout the institution.
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 agreement with St George’s, University of London (SGUL); all SGUL validation conditions and recommendations; 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 General Medical Council of the UK, the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency and the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.PA.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, the Course Director, Dr Ioannides, has overall responsibility for the Quality Assurance of the programme. Additionally, senior staff, each responsible for their areas of experience, 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.
Students play a key role in implementing the Quality Framework and in contributing to the programmes of external bodies; and thereby in ensuring the quality of education at the Medical School. Through feedback and committee representation students are integral to the evaluation of the course as a whole, as well as individual teaching sessions that are delivered. In addition, we encourage students to feedback on an individual level.
The processes and programmes of review we undertake are a healthy and constructive way to ensure that our medical school continues to provide suitable medical training in line with the GMC’s Promoting Excellence, the QAA’s Quality Code and any required outcomes for graduates. They provide assurance that the programme is thoroughly monitored, evaluated and improved, and contribute to the UK medical education system’s excellent reputation.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Jill Griffiths, Director of Quality Assurance, at [email protected]
Governance and Committees
The attached Management Plan details the senior and key roles and responsibilities and the management structures in place at the Medical School. It sets out the processes by which course planning, development, assessment and monitoring are carried out along with quality management processes.
The attached Programme Specification provides details of the MBBS4 programme to assist applicants in making informed decisions about how the programme is delivered and to set out for students the structures in place that define the programme.