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AQA Board seeks new lay members

06 August 2018 | news

The Board of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) is seeking two lay members of the Board with expertise in quality assurance for a three-year term beginning 1 January 2019. The retiring members of the Board have served two consecutive terms and are not eligible for re-appointment.

The purpose of the AQA is to contribute to the advancement of New Zealand university education by:

  • engaging as a leader and advocate in the development of academic quality,
  • applying quality assurance and quality enhancement processes that assist universities in improving student engagement, academic experience and learning outcomes, and
  • supporting confidence in the academic quality of New Zealand universities.

The AQA is an unincorporated body. While it was established by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, it is operationally independent of NZVCC in the conduct of its quality assurance activities. AQA is governed by an 8-person Board, appointed by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. The Board includes academic, student and lay membership, and meets three or four times a year in Wellington, with electronic communication between meetings.

Core functions of the Board include: appointing and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director; ensuring that the process of quality assurance is such as to produce reliable reports that reflect an independent judgement and that are perceived as authoritative, rigorous, fair and perceptive; exercising the power of governance over the AQA; and advising the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee of the terms of reference of the AQA and its operation.

Particular skills/competencies sought:

  • Expertise in quality assurance (national and/or international);
  • Knowledge of the New Zealand university sector or other relevant educational institutions/sectors;
  • The ability to support AQA in giving effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi; and
  • Prior board experience.

The role attracts a modest honorarium (currently $1920 per annum) and travel costs are met by AQA.

Persons who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board are invited to email a curriculum vitae with names of up to three referees to the Chair of the AQA Board c/o Further information about AQA can be found on the website or by emailing

Applications close 28 August 2018