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Academic Quality


LCCM is a private higher education college and an approved institution of The Open University. Governance of the college is defined by:

  • the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) UK Quality Code
  • the OU Academic Regulations
  • a Board of Directors
Quality Assurance

LCCM undertakes an annual review process which comprises 3 elements:

  • Institutional Overview
  • Annual Programme Evaluation
  • Annual Organisational Monitoring

These elements inform future strategic enhancement, short-term action plans and medium term objectives to continually improve the student experience at LCCM. Institutional Overview and Annual Programme Evaluation then form the College’s onward submission to The Open University.

Academic standards at LCCM are overseen and reviewed by a range of external bodies:

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

LCCM has undergone a HER (AP) review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report, which is available in full here

Our action plan following our HER (AP) in November 2016 is available in full here

The Open University (OU) is the validating body for all LCCM programmes.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have ultimate legal responsibility for LCCM including compliance with UK company law and all other relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice.  There are a minimum of three members. The current membership is:

  • Sir Tim Wilson (Chair)
  • Arkady Etingen
  • Darius Khwaja

The Board of Directors delegates responsibility to two decision-making stems. The academic stem is led by the Academic Board with operational management led by the Senior Management Team.

Other Agencies

We have the following other designations and licenses:

External Examiners

All programmes have a dedicated External Examiner to ensure consistency of assessment across the sector.  LCCM’s current EE’s are:

Ralph Salmins

  • BMus Music Performance & Production
  • Cert HE Music Performance
  • Cert HE Creative Music Practice

Prof. Venu Dhupa

  • MA Creative Entrepreneurship
Widening Access and Participation

LCCM is committed to offering its creative degrees to the widest possible audience and welcomes applications from all people who can demonstrate a serious interest in creative expression and the clear capacity for intellectual, artistic and professional development.

Please see our full Widening Access and Participation policy.

Organisational Management

1 Senior Management Team (SMT)

The SMT is responsible for operational delivery against strategic objectives:

  • Darius Khwaja (Principal and Chair)
  • Professor Richard Blackwell (Vice Principal)
  • Anna Ostakhova (Director of Operations and Financial Control)
  • Andres Castellanos (Programme Administration Manager)
  • TBC (Chair, Student Committee)

In attendance:

  • Ian Price (Marketing)
  • Ali Salman (Recruitment)

2 Operating Units

All staff within each unit meet regularly and provide progress and annual reports to SMT.

3 Student Committee

The Student Committee is the representative body for all higher education students at the College. The Committee consists of elected student members and is responsible for helping to monitor and enhance the student experience at LCCM including academic and extra-curricula matters, and social activities.

Academic Governance

1 Academic Board

The Academic Board is responsible for teaching, learning and assessment at LCCM. It ensures the College’s programmes meet academic standards and are monitored and enhanced systematically.  The membership is detailed below:

  • Darius Khwaja (Chair)
  • Professor Richard Blackwell (Interim Vice Principal)
  • Pat Cotton (Programme Leader BMus Performance and Production)
  • Anthony Hamer-Hodges (Programme Leader BA Music Industry Management)
  • KT Forster (Programme Leader BA Creative and Professional Writing)
  • Denise Stanley (Programme Leader MA Creative Entrepreneurship)
  • TBC (Lead Student Representative)
  • Andres Castellanos (Programme Administration Manager)
  • Donna Wright (OU Quality Partnerships Manager)

2 Programme Committees

Each programme has a Programme Committee. Each Committee is chaired by a programme leader and has a membership of academic staff and students. Programme Committees submit annual reports and action plans to the Academic Board.

3 Staff Student Forum

The Staff student forum provides a formal opportunity for staff and students to discuss the continuous enhancement of the College’s programmes.  Forum membership consists of Programme Leaders, elected Student Representatives and the Chair of the Student Committee. In addition, all students and tutors involved with the programme are invited to attend.

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