Virtu Institute has an established academic governance structure supported by experienced managers who constantly monitor the quality of its teaching and learning, the results its students are achieving and the employment outcomes they are realising.

Continued Quality Improvement (CQI) is important to Virtu and so we constantly benchmark our courses and pedagogical methodology, the feedback of our staff and students and the impressions of the employers accepting our graduates.

Courses offered by Virtu Institute are: MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, MSF60113 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design, CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design and CUA60315 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising and MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, BSB20215 Diploma of Business, BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management, FNS40615 Certificate in Accounting, FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting, BSB52415 Diploma of Marketing and Communications, CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering and CHC34015 Certificate III in Active Volunteering.

These courses are Australian nationally accredited qualifications, and can only be delivered by an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Virtu Institute meets the requirements of the Australian National VET Regulator (NVR) and complies with the standards as assessed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Virtu Institute’s RTO Code is 40530. Australian RTOs are audited by ASQA on a regular basis and so the quality of Virtu is assured.

The Virtu governance structure consists of academic committees that carry the responsibility for the development of courses, the management of academic delivery and the monitoring of academic quality:

  

 

ACADEMIC BOARD (AB)

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Role
The Academic Board is delegated responsibility by the Board of Directors for the academic governance of Virtu. This includes academic policy making, academic administration and oversight of the educational process. The Academic Board determines academic policy and has responsibility for the achievement of educational objectives of Virtu’s tertiary education courses.

Functions
The functions of the Academic Board are to:
i. Promote excellence in learning and teaching.
ii. Oversee the quality assurance of the education academic functions of Virtu.
iii. Facilitate free intellectual enquiry and ensure academic integrity.
iv. Ensure a culture of scholarship and research is developed and nurtured throughout Virtu.
v. Approve an annual Scholarly Activity and Research Policy and Procedure for academic staff to ensure that professional and discipline-based expertise is current, that teaching skills are maintained and updated and that appropriate scholarly activity and research is undertaken.
vi. Consider and make decisions on all aspects of the development and accreditation or re-accreditation of higher education courses,

validation of vocational courses, the admission of students, teaching, assessment and requirements for graduation, prizes, awards and scholarships.
vii. Formulate, coordinate, approve and review academic policy.
viii. Advise on the academic aspects of Virtu’s plans and to foster discourse on issues related to tertiary education and Virtu’s Vision, Mission, Values and Goals.
ix. Refer certain matters to such standing committees as the Board of Directors may from time to time establish.
x. Receive reports from standing committees or working groups and ensure that their referred responsibilities are discharged.
xi. Consider and recommend on any matter referred to the Academic Board by the Board of Directors.
xii. In addition to such matters as are specifically referred to the Academic Board, the Academic Board may generate reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, including recommending new courses for development.

Membership
The protocols for membership of the Academic Board are:
i. Prospective members of the Academic Board are selected on the basis of their particular expertise in relation to the operation of higher education providers and the delivery of higher education curriculum and are drawn from internal academic staff, representatives from the alumni, academics from other higher education providers,

industry practitioners and members of professional bodies or associations.
ii. As a dual sector provider, some members of the Academic Board will also be selected on the basis of their particular expertise in relation to the operation of vocational education providers and the delivery of vocational education curriculum and are drawn from internal academic staff, representatives from the alumni and academics from other vocational education providers.
iii. The Board of Directors appoints members of the Academic Board based on the recommendation of the Academic Board.
iv. The Academic Board must always have a majority of external/independent members and members experienced in vocational and higher education.
v. The number of members of the Academic Board shall be no less than six (6).
vi. The Board of Directors will appoint one of the external members as the independent Chair of the Academic Board.
vii. Membership of the Academic Board will be reviewed at least every two (2) years by the Board of Directors and, where appropriate; recommendations for new members will be sought from the Academic Board.
viii. Academic Board members are required to declare any actual or perceived conflict of interest that might arise in the course of their service on the Academic Board.
Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
Chair (academic staff member from another higher education provider) Yes Dr Lee Styger, Executive MBA Director, University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School
Internal member with special expertise in the Institute’s discipline No Prof Ron Newman, CEO/CAO Virtu Institute
Administration Manager and Registrar Non Voting Ms Kerrin Carlson
External member from another higher education provider with special expertise in the Institute’s discipline Yes Ms Carol Longbottom, Director Masters Programs UNSW, Chair of Virtu Learning and Teaching Committee
External member from Design industry Yes Prof Desmond Freeman, Exhibition and Interior Designer, Formed Head of School Design UTS, Former President DIA
External member from Business Yes Ms Dana Lippett, Senior marketing Executive Macquarie Bank
Deans of Higher Education No Mr Jeff Laurie, Business
Academic Director (VET) No Ms Rachel Hawkins
Alumni representative Yes Mr Andrew Parnell, Professional Graphic Designer, Virtu Adv Dip 2014

 

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LEARNING AND TEACHING COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Role
The Academic Board convenes a Learning and Teaching Committee to monitor and report on quality assurance processes for learning and teaching within Virtu to ensure that day-to-day academic operations meet quality educational standards. The Learning and Teaching Committee also has responsibility for advising on policy and practice related to learning and teaching in Virtu’s courses.

Functions
The functions of the Learning and Teaching Committee are to:
i. Implement academic policies relating to all learning and teaching processes, including admissions, student progress, examinations and assessment, and academic appeals.

 

ii. Coordinate the conduct of, and monitor the outcomes from admission processes.
iii. Oversee the process by which students are assessed, including assessment moderation.
iv. Approve all student results prior to publication.
v. Monitor student progress, attrition and completion rates, and graduate destinations.
vi. Make recommendations to the Academic Board on changes to existing courses, including matters pertaining to delivery.
vii. Review and advise on learning and teaching facilities that provide a physical environment conducive to study.
viii. Make recommendations regarding textbooks and other learning resources relating to Virtu’s courses.
ix. Receive reports and review statistics relating to the granting of credit, student appeals against assessment, grievances, discipline and misconduct.
x. Undertake benchmarking of course outcomes according to Virtu’s Quality Assurance Framework.

 

xi. Take steps to improve the quality of teaching through regular use and review of unit and course evaluations as a basis for continuous improvement.
xii. Encourage a culture of scholarship throughout Virtu.
xiii. Act on any other references to it from the Academic Board.

Membership
Every four (4) years the Academic Board will review the nominees for Category B membership and appoint members, usually for a term of two (2) years.
The members of the Learning and Teaching Committee are provided with all relevant information prior to meetings and are obliged to preserve confidential information.

The membership of the Learning and Teaching Committee will be made up as follows:

Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
External member with learning and teaching experience (Academic Board representative) (Chair) Yes Ms Carol Longbottom, , Director Masters Programs UNSW, Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee
Deans of Higher Education No Mr Jeff Laurie
Academic Director (VET) No Ms Rachel Hawkins
Quality Assurance Manager Non Voting TBA
Academic Staff representative No Ms Ramona Solomon, Interior Design Practitioner
Academic Staff representative No Ms Tanya Dove
Industry representatives Yes Mr Brett Cameron, Principal of international Interior and Retail design practice / Ms Dana Lippett, Senior Marketing Executive Macquarie Bank / Ms Heather Rubin, Childcare professional educator of 30 years experience.
Student representative Yes TBA
Administration Manager & Registrar Non Voting Ms Kerrin Carlson
Chair of Academic Board
(ex officio)
Yes Dr Lee Styger, Executive MBA Director, University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School

 

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Review of Results – Sub Committees

The Learning and Teaching Committee will nominate three (3) of its members to sit at the end of each study period as the Review Committee to approve results prior to publication. There will be two types of Review Committees; one for HEP and one for VET.

 
 
At least one of the members of each Review Committee must be an external / independent member of the Learning and Teaching Committee.

The Review Committees will include, where possible, an industry representative from a relevant profession and will validate the learning materials and assessment methodology of each subject at each term.

 
 
The student representative of the Learning and Teaching Committee is not permitted to be a member of any Review Committee.

The current membership of the Learning and Teaching Committee VET Review of Results Sub Committees is as follows:

Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
VET Design Sub Committee
Academic Director VET No Ms Rachel Hawkins
Course Co-Ordinator No Ms Ramona Solomon
Industry Representative Yes Mr Brett Cameron, Principal of international Interior and Retail design Practice
 

Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
VET Education and Care Sub Committee
Academic Director VET No Ms Rachel Hawkins
Course Co-Ordinator No Ms Miriam Gelbart
Industry Representative Yes Ms Heather Rubin, Childcare professional educator of 30 years experience
 

Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
VET Business Sub Committee
Academic Director VET No Ms Rachel Hawkins
Course Co-Ordinator / Dean No Prof Carl Wonder / Mr Jeff Laurie
Industry Representative Yes Ms Dana Lippett, Senior marketing Executive Macquarie Bank

 

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The details of other Virtu committees will be posted when they are formed.
 

COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEES

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Role
A Course Advisory Committee is convened by the Academic Board for each broad discipline area to provide industry and content-specific advice and guidance in relation to the development and on-going revision of Virtu’s courses.

Functions
The functions of each Course Advisory Committee are to:
i. Consider and give advice to the Academic Board on the development of new courses, seeking expert advice where necessary to address specific issues.
ii. Draw to the Academic Board’s attention recent developments and trends in specific fields of study and research and directions in course development.
iii. Provide advice and guidance on the implications of changing government policy and procedures within the sector and how these may relate to, or impact upon, the Institute’s higher education courses.

 

iv. Review course documentation to ensure that it meets standards of rigour and depth appropriate to the award and that course rationale, aims and content are consistent and reflect best practice.
v. Receive and comment upon new and revised outlines for units of study within existing courses.
vi. In the case of VET courses, consider and Validate learning and teaching material and assessment material as being appropriate for the relevant training package.
vii. Keep under review quality assurance mechanisms paying particular attention to assessment procedures, stakeholder feedback and benchmarking with other higher education providers where possible.
viii. In addition to such tasks and activities as are specially referred to the Course Advisory Committee by the Academic Board, consider other matters as deemed relevant by the Course Advisory Committee and generate reports and recommendations to the Academic Board.
ix. Draft formal recommendations on issues arising from its meetings and submit these recommendations to the Academic Board for consideration and implementation.

 

Membership
The protocols for membership of each Course Advisory Committee are:
i. Each Course Advisory Committee will include an appropriate balance between internal and external members relevant to the discipline who are drawn from the Academic Board, academic staff, other vocational and higher education providers, the professions and industry as well as those with curriculum design and development expertise.
ii. Members will be appointed by the Academic Board. Tenure of membership will be determined by the Academic Board in line with the needs of Virtu.
iii. The Chair shall be a Dean of Higher Education or if not available the Academic Director (VET).
iv. Members are expected to declare any actual or perceived conflict of interest that might arise in the course of their service on a Course Advisory Committee.
v. The Chair of the Academic Board is ex officio a member of all standing committees.
vi. Academic Director (VET) where appropriate.

Course Advisory Committees – Membership
The current membership of the Course Advisory Committees is as follows:

All Disciplines – Members below site on specialist discipline Course Advisory Committees
Category of Membership External Name and Professional Role
Chair (Dean) No Mr Jeff Laurie
Academic Director (VET) No Ms Rachel Hawkins
External Academic with expertise in the discipline area Yes Ms Carol Longbottom, Director Masters Programs UNSW, Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee, Mr Nicholas Ridis, Sessional lecturer at UTS, Business consultant, Member of the Accreditation Committee, Australian Marketing Institute, Dr Philip John Lee, Associate Professor Accounting WSU, former WSU HoS of Accounting, former exam committee member CAANZ
External member
(Industry Representative)
Yes Prof Desmond Freeman, Exhibition and Interior Designer, Formed Head of School Design UTS, Former President DIA, Ms Maryjane Aviles, Business consultant and sessional lecturer, past President of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Marketing Institute., Mr Ed Chan, Principal of Chan & Naylor Australia, Accountants, Mr Mark Schoonderbeek, Account CPA Dolman Bateman, Ms Heather Rubin, Childcare professional educator of 30 years experience, Ms Dana Lippett, Senior marketing Executive Macquarie Bank

 

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