SPEAQ stands for ‘Sharing Practice in Enhancing and Assuring Quality.’ We are a team of partners from various universities across Europe who have been funded by the European Commission to address issues related to quality assurance. Our project team is:
Alison Dickens (director), Laurence Georgin (manager), John Canning (adviser) and Sue Nash (administrator) at LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies
and partners: Anca Greere (Babes-Bolyai University), Ole Helmersen (Copenhagen Business School), Mariluz Suárez Castiñeira (Deusto University), Christine Lechner (Innsbruck University), Fiona Crozier (QAA England), Klára Szabó (Szeged University), Natalia Tarachiu and Allan Päll (the European Students’ Union),Gillian Moreira (University of Aveiro), Anne Räsänen (University of Jyväskylä) and Kate Riley (University of Trento).
Under the Lifelong Learning Programme, we have been funded to:
connect three key quality circles: teacher, student and quality manager in order to share and enhance quality assurance practice in higher education. This project sets out to address a real concern that quality assurance can become ritualised rather than embedded in learning and teaching practice. The outcomes from this project will seed new ideas on how to approach quality assurance within the institution providing evidence of how bringing together stakeholders in the quality process can lead to a wider and more meaningful interpretation of quality assurance. It will collect data on different stakeholder perspectives on quality assurance and undertake small projects at institutional level which will explore ways in which a more shared vision of quality assurance can be fostered at institutional and disciplinary level. SPEAQ will be building on the work of the LanQua (Language Network for Quality Assurance) which explored issues of quality in the context of the discipline of languages. It developed a toolkit (The LanQua Toolkit) to support frontline (academic/academic support) staff in conceptualising and describing quality from their practice perspective.
So over the next 19 months, we are going to set up interactive workshops to facilitate discussion between teachers, quality managers and students, collect data on stakeholder views of quality assurance and enhancement, disseminate the project outcomes and more.
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