anticipated that there would be approximately 60-70% full-time academic staff at LCA Mauritius within 3 years; the remaining 30-40% would be employed on a part-time basis, a similar staffing model to LCA London. It was considered desirable for some staff to have current experience in the financial sector and it was therefore not intended that all staff would be employed on a full-time basis. The Panel was reassured by the planned expansion of full-time academic staff at LCA Mauritius but enquired whether students would have appropriate access to staff who were employed on a part-time basis. The Proposal Team informed the Panel that the responsibility of part-time members of staff was primarily to LCA Mauritius. Whilst they were also able to pursue other activities, such activities must not impact on their work for LCA or the quality of education provided to students. The Panel welcomed the additional information and clarification of the staffing model. However it determined that a sufficient number of academic staff was fundamental to maintaining academic standards and the quality of education and therefore agreed to set a condition requiring LCA Mauritius to provide projected student numbers for a three year period for each intake to each proposed pathway and an associated resources action plan which showed the planned expansion of human resources over time to support student number growth [see Condition 2.5.1].
6.2The Panel was interested to learn what adjustments LCA Mauritius academic staff considered they would need to make to be available to students outside core working hours. The Proposal Team responded that students would be provided with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of the academic staff. The difference between part-time ACCA students and full-time undergraduate students was recognised by LCA Mauritius staff. It was proposed that students be provided with times when they would be able to access staff on-site and to make appointments. It was also recognised that staff would need to publicise office hours and inform students how they would be able to make appointments. The Panel further enquired whether an agreement currently existed at LCA Mauritius for e-mail response times to students. The Proposal Team responded that a formal agreement did not exist but confirmed that e-mails were responded to within 24 hours in the vast majority of cases. The Panel was reassured that consideration had already been given to the accessibility of academic staff to students and welcomed the proposal to publicise office hours. The Panel agreed, however, that the availability of staff to students was fundamental to the quality of education provided and therefore determined to set a condition requiring LCA Mauritius to include a statement about the availability of academic staff to students during specified office hours in the Student Handbook [see Condition 2.5.4].
6.3The Panel also requested confirmation of the member of staff who would act as Pathway Leader for each pathway and an appropriate member of staff to act as the Student Adviser for Anglia Ruskin students. The Proposal Team informed the Panel that members of staff had been identified for those roles but that confirmation was not possible at the time of the approval event. The Panel therefore agreed to set a condition requiring LCA Mauritius to formally confirm the identity of the members of staff who would be undertaking the roles of Pathway Leader and Student Adviser prior to the commencement of the pathways [see Condition 2.5.2].
6.4The Panel discussed the delivery of the pathways with LCA Mauritius academic staff and enquired whether there was anything that was required to assist them in the first delivery of the Anglia Ruskin pathways. The Proposal Team responded that it would be advantageous if teaching materials, including details of the curriculum and lecture notes, could be made available to LCA Mauritius staff in advance so that they were able to prepare their lectures. Additionally, the staff considered access to digital library resources to be a fundamental requirement to ensure that they were able to teach the curriculum effectively. The Panel noted that the issue had been discussed at the Institutional Approval event and that LCA was prepared to purchase the relevant licence agreements so that staff would have access to the same digital resources as students at LCA Mauritius.
Quality Assurance Division9Confirmed