Understanding Terms

Within Universities there are lots of acronyms and terms that are thrown around that you may not understand. Have no fear, this page hopes to aliviate any worries you may have!

Dictionary

Approval

The process in which we agree to a new course either at DMU or with a partner institution

Committee

A group where members are discussing a number of issues within the university, a working group is usually born out of these.

Partner

Another institution which has joined with us to put on a course or programme. They teach it and we award the qualification. 

Pedagogy

Style of teaching

Scope and Purpose

What the working group/committee will do

Terms of Reference

A document which is a part of every working group and committee which explains how the group will achieved what is outlined in the scope and purpose

Theme Board

A board where members oversee a number of projects across the university

Validation

Similar to an approval, however this is usually after the course has been running and we check to see if it is still fit for purpose.

Working Group

A group wherein people are discussing and working towards a goal. An example would be a VLE Review Working Group where members are working towards that review.

 

Acronyms

AAC

Academic Admissions Committee

ADA

Associate Dean Academic

APSE

Associate Professor Student Experience

AQC

Academic Quality Committee

CAI

Centre for Academic Innovation

DAQ

Department of Academic Quality

EB

Executive Board

EDC

Equality and Diversity Committee

EEC

Employability and Enterprise Committee

FAC

Faculty Academic Committee

FLTC

Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee

MLF

Module Level Feedback

NSS

National Student Survey

OfS

Office for Students

PPMC

Postgraduate Programmes Management Committee

QAA

Quality Assurance Agency

RDC

Research Degree Committee

SAAS

Student And Academic Services

SFE

Student Finance England

SSR

Student Staff Ratio

TEF

Teaching Excellence Framework

TPMC

Taught Programmes Management Committee

ULTC

University Learning and Teaching Committee

UMC

Undergraduate Management Committee

VCDTA

Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Award