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RAVENSBOURNE COLLEGE OF DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION POSTGRADUATE BOARD OF STUDIES Minutes from the Postgraduate Board of Studies held on 26 February at 11.00 in L1. 08.46 WELCOMES AND APOLOGIES Present: Janthia Taylor Peter Pilgrim Steve Bowman Dorota Watson Renate Divers Joy McKee Sinead Penn Paul Jeffery Apologies & absences: Freddie Gaffney Michelle Douglas Cathryn Smith Sharon Hocking Deputy Director – Strategic Development, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies (Chair) Acting Head of Faculty of Design Director of Information Services Associate Subject Leader Fashion Head of Registry Communications Officer Marketing Officer Quality Officer (Secretary) Subject Leader Broadcast Media Technology Subject Leader Product and Interaction Design Senior Quality Officer Head of Student Support and Access

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MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING Approved: The minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2008 (PBS08/05/02) were approved by the Board.

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MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES 08.48.01 Received: MA Student Bursaries (Min 08.38.01 – 24/01/08) Final PG scholarship and bursary information 2008-09. Members felt that the main scholarship award was very attractive and that the other bursaries were a significant addition to the provision available. PGTA Scheme (Min 08.38.03 – 24/01/08) A paper from the Quality Team on policy for employment of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. Members supported the policy position set out in the paper and discussed some issues related to pay and progression. There was a question about the possibility of PGTAs being credited in some

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form for the teaching experience they gained. There were no such plans at present, but the possibility of credit for teaching assistant experience could be considered in future if it could be demonstrated that a postgraduate teaching assistant who was also following a teaching course could in practice meet all his/her commitments. In relation to pay, the appropriateness of the B rate was discussed with respect to possible eventualities, such as appointments of individuals with substantial teaching experience and existing members of staff taking an MA/MSc at the College. It was concluded that such eventualities could be dealt with on a case by case basis, and that the B rate was appropriate in order to maintain a distinction from technicians and technical tutors. Alternatively, the establishment of a new C rate might be considered, with progression to the B rate for PGTAs after successful experience during a fixed initial period. On the matter of supervision, it was felt that the straightforward approach, where the relevant undergraduate course tutor was responsible for allocating duties and for performance monitoring was right for an institution of the size of Ravensbourne. Agreed: i) The Associate Subject Leader for Fashion would provide details of a City and Guilds teaching award for which PGTA experience might provide credit. ii) Quality Team would amend the paper as necessary and refer it to HR for action as appropriate. 08.48.03 Noted: 08.48.04 Noted: 08.49 Internal Validation (Min 08.39 – 24/01/08) Notes of the 10 January MA awayday had been circulated to Board members. MA Calendar (Min 08.44.01 – 24/01/08) The finalised MA calendar was now available on the intranet.

EXTERNAL VALIDATION Noted: Documentation on the MA/MSc Programmes has been sent to City University and panel members in preparation for external validation on 29 February.

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MARKETING UPDATE Discussed: Marketing Officers presented the initial findings from the questionnaire survey completed by 65 students following the MA Launch. Although the data was skewed by a very large attendance from one undergraduate course, the early feedback was clearly positive. The full findings would include information about students’ perceptions, and help to identify the specific professional needs
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that an MA could meet (e.g. CEng and RIBA) in order to develop the marketing to internal candidates to the best effect. It was agreed that the survey findings would be useful for External Validation on 29th February. In considering how to build on momentum of the launch, it was suggested that presentation events be held for each MA programme by Subject Leaders. Design for Interaction might be seen as a priority, in the light of labour market conditions and student recruitment issues in that discipline. 08.51 FINAL EXAMINATION BOARD REPORT 2006-2007 Received: Final Examination Board Report, Annexe A – Student Achievements; Annexe B – External Examiner Action Plan; Annexe C- Entrants Profile.

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INTERNAL VALIDATION REPORT Not received (to follow).

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ANY OTHER BUSINESS None received.

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DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING Tuesday 29 April 2008 at 12.00 in the Boardroom

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