Teaching Quality Assurance System

The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) has been developing in recent years an internal Teaching Quality Assurance System (TQAS).  The main purpose of the System is to contribute to the continuous improvement of the quality of teaching and learning at NOVA and the academic year of 2012-2013 was the first year of its general application to all study cycles. For further information, consult the webpage dedicated to NOVA's Teaching Quality Assurance System (TQAS) in the Site of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Teaching Quality Assurance Structures

At central level (Rectorate) there is a member of the Rectoral Team who is responsible for ensuring the teaching quality at NOVA.

The Teaching Quality Council (TQC) is the governing body of the Teaching Quality Assurance System and its mission is to ensure the operation of the TQAS across the University. Nova’S TQC has the following composition - an external member of the General Council of NOVA, who will chair; the Rectoral Team Members responsible for the quality of teaching; five members of the University teaching staff, appointed by the Board of Deans; three students’ representatives of 1st, 2nd and 3rd study cycles, and a member of NOVA’s Teaching Quality Office in attendance.

At the Rectorate there is also a Teaching Quality Office, which is an executive body for NOVA's Teaching Quality Assurance System.

At local level (in each Academic Unit) there is a Teaching Quality Committee (TQC), appointed by each Dean, which is a governance body of the Teaching Quality Assurance System at Academic Unit Level

Within each Academic Unit a there is an academic staff member appointed by the Dean who is responsible for the TQAS at local level.

Teaching Quality Assurance Instruments

A set of sequentially integrated teaching evaluation instruments were created at NOVA in order to implement the TQAS at local and central levels:

1. A teaching quality evaluation questionnaire - the students will evaluate the curricular unit through this biannual questionnaire;

2. Several teaching report templates - teachers and the Study Cycle Commissions may choose to prepare reports on the educational functioning of the curricular units and on the study cycles based on these templates;

3. An Academic Unit annual report template - the Responsible for the Quality Assurance System in each academic unit will prepare an annual report on the teaching quality at his/hers respective academic unit on that academic year;

4. An University teaching quality report template - the Rectorate Teaching Quality Office will prepare the annual report on the operation of the Teaching Quality Assurance System and on the quality of teaching at the University, based on the nine Academic Unit reports mentioned earlier, and will submit it to the Teaching Quality Council.