At Lodz University of Technology, there is a great emphasis on the assurance of the highest quality of education in all cycles and all forms of study provided at the University.
Since 2000 quality assurance at TUL has been formalized, which means that all activities undertaken towards the enhancement of the quality of education have been regulated by internal and external legal provisions. In 2008, Internal Education Quality Assurance System was established by a resolution taken by the Senate. The system has been subject to continuous improvement.
TUL’s Internal Education Quality Assurance System operates based on the following internal regulations:
Senate Resolution No. 3/2011 of March 30, 2011, on Internal Education Quality Assurance System, which sets out its structure and tasks.
Senate Resolution No. 11/2012 of September 28, 2012, on academic staff annual performance review and peer observation of teaching, which lays down general provisions, procedures, guidelines for processing and evaluation of results.
Rector Ordinance No. 11/2012 of October 31, 2012, on Rector Committees, Amici Curiae (advocates) in disciplinary proceedings and Rector Representatives in the 2012-16 term of office. The Ordinance appointed committees on the assurance of quality of education at TUL and Rector’s Representatives including Rector’s Representative for Students, Rector’s Representative for Education and Rector’s Representative for Admissions.
Rector Ordinance No. 8/2013 of April 19, 2013, on coordinators in TUL’s quality management system and committees on quality of education. The Ordinance in detail enumerates responsibilities of the committees in charge of quality of education.
The process of implementation and enhancement of a quality management system (QMS) is currently underway at Lodz University of Technology. The internal system of the assurance of the quality of education will be an integral part of the QMS.
Lodz University of Technology, as one of the leading universities of technology, considers the high quality of education and modern teaching offer to be one of the five strategic objectives of its activity.
The Quality Assurance Policy of Lodz University of Technology is based on the innovativeness of education understood as the process of building knowledge, skills and developing the creativity of students and doctoral students as well as the innovativeness of the academic staff. The result is the contribution of the University and its graduates to building a sustainable and competitive economy as well as inclusive economic and social growth. This goal is achieved through the creation and improvement of products, processes and organisation.
The values that we respect and promote in our everyday activities are: work ethics, commitment, social sensitivity and continuous improvement.
TUL academic community implements the Quality Assurance Policy through:
- building a culture of quality,
- shaping the environment, including resources and infrastructure, conduciveto innovativeness of staff, students and doctoral students,
- strengthening the synergy between the University and its socio-economic environment,
- developing education based on scientific research and economic needs strategic for the University, the Region and the country,
- providing graduates with competences valued on the labour market,
- ensuring conditions for the University staff to develop competences conducive to innovative education,
- improvement of education and organisation of the education process in cooperation with students, doctoral students and the social and economic environment,
- drawing upon the best national, European and global models,
- confirmation of high quality of education through participation in national and international rankings and applying for national and international accreditations.
Lodz University of Technology applies the best academic practices while respecting the provisions of national law, standards in force in the European Higher Education Area and internal regulations of the University.
Vice Rector for Education is generally responsible for the assurance of the quality of education at TUL, including supervision and coordination of tasks.
Day-to-day management of education affairs has been delegated to the Rector’s Representative for Education. To provide administrative support, the post of Lead Specialist in Quality of Education has been established at the level of central administration.
Two committees appointed by the Rector and one appointed by the Senate operate within the IEQAS. They are the University Committee on the Quality of Education, University Committee on the Assessment of the Quality of Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Student Affairs.
Heads of basic organizational units (BOUs) of the University are responsible for quality assurance at the units they manage. They appoint committees on the quality of education and committees on the assessment of the quality of education, which constitute part of the system of the assurance of the quality of education.
Responsibilities and competences of particular institutional components i.e. persons and units responsible for the quality of education, support and cooperating units both at the central level and at the level of basic organizational units are depicted in detail on a separate page.
The procedural component of the Internal Education Quality Assurance System at the central level comprises principal University-wide regulatory procedures as well as guidelines and directives for basic organizational units to follow while formulating BOU-specific regulations that take into account the autonomy and unique characteristics of each unit.
The process of evaluation and improvement of the procedures and mechanisms of the quality of education is ongoing at the University. There is continual monitoring and assessment (reviews, teaching observations among others), corrective and preventative measures are taken to eliminate faults and weaknesses. Heads of teaching units submit annual reports on the quality of education to the unit council. The Rector submits to the Senate an annual report on the quality of education and the performance of the Internal Education Quality Assurance System.
Regardless of ongoing adjustments, annual improvement and enhancement plan is prepared for each academic year in order to introduce necessary changes and avert future issues.
Currently, procedures and mechanisms are being developed that will enable performance of IEQAS tasks laid down in the latest Rector’s Ordinance. Measurements in the System are being enhanced and extended to include all study cycles and all stakeholders both internal and external.
Students, doctoral candidates and employers are involved in the process of improvement of IEQAS by taking part in the proceedings of the above-mentioned committees both at the central level and at the level of BOUs.
The following are important support tools for the IEQAS and the entire decision-making process:
- Rectorate Information Server (SIR) – internal digital information service accessible to authorized employees of the University. SIR provides necessary information, documents and materials, i.a. University legal acts, specimens of official documents, external regulations and publications.
- Integrated Teaching Information System (ITIS) – IT system for collecting, processing and warehousing of data used in the teaching process used by dean’s offices, TUL’s Language Center, TUL’s Sports Center, student residence halls. It also has a financial module for scholarships etc.
- teacher’s platform (ZTN) – IT system for registering grades, scheduling examinations, storing/editing course cards, etc.
- TUL’ Virtual Campus (WIKAMP) – IT system for distance teaching/learning; used various groups of University employees as information exchange platform, for online questionnaire-based surveys and reviews, etc.
- webDziekanat – student platform with lots of functionalities, i.a.:
- informational - rules and regulations are posted here, degree programmes (ECTS catalogue), course timetables, information about fees, important dates and deadlines, forms, announcements and notices;
- “virtual grade book” - students have access to their grades and are obliged to review them and report any apparent inaccuracies;
- generating personal bank accounts for students residing in residence halls, etc.
- TUL’s Electronic Mail System (SPE) – for official correspondence, obligatorily used by all University employees and students, the latter must check their mailbox daily.