December 2013 | ISSUE 9
Updates from the London Office




Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Faculty Education Officer & Singapore Project Manager

The LKCMedicine London Office recently had the pleasure of hosting Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun (Vice-Dean, Clinical Affairs), Associate Professor Bernard Thong (Head of Quality) and Dr Sandra Kemp (Assistant Dean, Course Evaluation).

The main objective of the delegation’s visit to London was to understand Imperial’s approach to educational quality management; how it manages the requirements of its regulators such as the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and how this regulation gets formulated into policy; and how the Faculty of Medicine operationalises the policy into procedures for quality assurance and enhancement of its MBBS degree. This is important for LKCMedicine as the degree being jointly awarded by Imperial and NTU has to be compliant with the QAA as well as the requirements of LKCMedicine, NTU and Singapore’s Quality Assurance Framework for Universities.

Aside from attending meetings of the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee and Medical Studies Committee, the delegation met with a number of people across Imperial and the Faculty to learn about quality management from their perspective. Chris Harris, Quality Assurance and Development Manager for the Faculty of Medicine, who hosted much of the visit, said, “It was great to welcome colleagues from LKCMedicine to London and discuss our current practice in terms of monitoring and enhancing educational quality.  LKCMedicine will face many of the same challenges in terms of setting standards and ensuring students get the best possible experience, so we hope the visit has provided some useful insights into the quality management process." 

We also recently welcomed Dr Alex Walls as a new addition to the London Office team. An alumnus of Imperial, Dr Wall joins us as a Clinical Education Fellow and was well known for his active involvement in the Students’ Union, having been an Academic Officer for Year 4 and the Graduate Entry Programme, and also the Alumni and Careers Officer during his time at Imperial.

The next issue of The LKCMedicine will contain an in-depth feature on the London Office and its work so I look forward to introducing more of our team and our activities then. In the meantime, warmest wishes from London for Christmas and the new year!