Governance & Academic Quality
CSVPA is a private education provider, registered with the Office for Students (OfS).
OfS are the independent regulator of higher education in England, with a stated aim to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.
From a legal perspective Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) is a trading division of Cambridge Arts and Sciences Limited (CASL), which also contains the trading entity CATS College Cambridge. Cambridge Arts & Sciences Limited (CASL) is a private limited company incorporated in England and Wales and registered with Companies House under company number 03454690 and having its registered office at, 50/60 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JH
CASL is a subsidiary of CEG Colleges Limited, which is the named proprietor of the college. CEG Colleges Limited is also registered at 50/60 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JH and the Chair of Governors is Mr. David Newton.
CASL is, indirectly, a wholly owned subsidiary company of CATS Colleges Holdings Ltd whose ultimate owner is Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited.
The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered at CSVPA are validated by Falmouth University. The University of the Arts London Awarding Body and Trinity College London accredit level 4 Foundation programmes. The level 3 further education programmes delivered at CSVPA are accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body.
CSVPA is governed by the CASL Governing Body, the CATS Colleges Executive Team and CSVPA Academic Board. Governance at the College is defined by:
- the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) UK Quality Code
- our university partner Academic Regulations
- The Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance, "A Joint Understanding of Good Governance" (ISI) and the “Governance Handbook” (DfE).
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The CASL Governing Body is responsible for the strategic oversight of the two divisions of CASL. Membership includes the CSVPA Rector (Vice Chair) and the Executive Principal of CATS. It also includes all company directors and a minimum of one external independent governor. The CEO of CATS Colleges is the Chair of Governors of CASL. The Governing Body has oversight of the activity of the CATS Colleges Executive Team, particularly strategic and academic related activity. The CATS Colleges Executive team are required to take due account of reports from the Governing Body and respond to any recommendations.
The CASL Governing Body through the directors of CATS Colleges have legal responsibility for CSVPA and CATS Cambridge including compliance with UK company law and all other relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice. The governing body is unambiguously and collectively accountable for institutional activities, taking all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern within its remit.
The directors of CASL, through the CATS Colleges Executive Committee, have established a committee responsible for the operation of CSVPA under the name of CSVPA Board. The role of CSVPA Board is to ensure CSVPA continues to develop and operate as a critical, cohesive academic community with a commitment to the assurance of standards supported by effective management and quality systems to monitor and implement strategic development.
CSVPA Board reports through its Rector to the CATS Colleges Executive Team.
Membership of CSVPA Board:
Core membership of the Board: Rector (Chair), Provost, Finance Business Partner, Marketing Director of CSVPA, Director of Student Recruitment, Head of Student Administrative Services, Director of Operational Quality, Compliance Business Partner, Head of Admissions and HR Business Partner.
Other senior staff members are invited to the Board at regular intervals to report on and discuss matters specific to their areas of responsibility.
Academic Governance and Management:
Additionally, the CASL Governing Body has established a committee responsible for the continued academic quality of CSVPA under the name of CSVPA Academic Board. The role of CSVPA Academic Board is to ensure CSVPA continues to develop and operate as a critical, cohesive academic community with a commitment to the assurance of standards supported by effective quality systems which can demonstrate firm guardianship and academic governance of its standards in operation to promote and enhance: effective student learning; teaching; and, scholarship. It is supported in fulfilling its responsibilities by three other committees: Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ASAC); Academic Planning and Resources Committee (APRC); and, Research and Enterprise Committee (REC). The Academic Board meets four times a year.
Membership of Academic Board
Rector, Provost (Chair), Dean of HE Academic Programmes (Vice Chair), Dean of L3 Academic Programmes, Dean of Students, Compliance Business Partner, Digital Learning Officer, Head of Student Administrative Services, Elected HE Course Director, Elected L3 Course Leader, Research Coordinator, Two elected members of academic staff and two student representatives.
Cambridge Arts & Sciences Ltd - CSVPA have the following other designations and licenses:
- Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). Cambridge Arts & Sciences Ltd is inspected by ISI, a government approved independent inspectorate for independent schools, quality assured on behalf of the Department for Education
- Office for Students (OfS) Cambridge Arts & Sciences Ltd is on the register of HE providers and has courses that are designated for student loan support.
- UKVI. Cambridge Arts & Sciences Ltd can recruit international students and is on the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.