Acronym Buster

Friday 01-01-2016 - 16:09

CELT – Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
CELT is a department within the University that supports the development of learning and teaching, including student experience, eLearning, and research into learning and teaching.

CASQE – Centre for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement
CASQE is responsible for the maintenance of academic standards, enhancing the quality of the student experience and secretarial support for the Academic Development Committee and its sub-committees.

FE – Further Education
Further Education refers to post-compulsory education. This may be at the same level or a different level than secondary education and can cover anything from basic training to a Higher National Diploma or a Foundation Degree.

HE – Higher Education
Higher education is education that is provided by universities, vocational universities, community colleges, technical colleges and other collegial institutions that award academic degrees such as career colleges.

ISS – Internal Student Survey
This is an MMU online survey for all current students on all courses and units at the University. The University use it to gain feedback on all aspects of student life.

NUS – National Union of Students
NUS is a voluntary membership organisation that works to make a difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions. NUS is a confederation of 600 students’ unions, amounting to more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Your Union is affiliated to NUS.

NSS – National Student Survey
The NSS is an annual survey that asks final year undergraduate students in the UK about their academic experiences on their course. The results of the NSS can be used to campaign for positive change and are publicly available.

PC – Programme Committee
Every course should have a Programme Committee, which meets at least once every term. The Programme Committee monitors the progress of your course and can agree changes.

QAA – Quality Assurance Agency
The QAA is an organisation that checks how well universities and colleges across the UK are meeting their teaching and learning responsibilities, identifies good practice and makes recommendations for improvement. The QAA published The UK Quality Code for Higher Education, which outlines a series of expectations that all higher education providers are expected to meet.

SSLC – Student Staff Liaison Committee
An SSLC is a forum for staff and students to discuss programme-related matters in an informal setting before the Programme Committee. These should take place at least once per term. It is a place to discuss the suitability of teaching, learning style and the learning environment as a whole. You can raise smaller issues that can be resolved without having to submit them to the Programme Committee, or flag bigger concerns that need to be taken to the Programme Committee.

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