MusiQuE Appeals Committee

The provision of appropriate opportunities for appeal is an important feature of any quality assurance procedure. MusiQuE Complaints and Appeals Procedure describes in detail the routine opportunities within the process for correcting factual errors, as well as the more exceptional paths of action open to an institution that considers it has genuine cause to contest the judgement delivered through a review report.

An institution that underwent a MusiQuE procedure can submit an appeal when it considers that the statements in the evaluation report constitute a flagrant misjudgement and all other means of obtaining what is considered as a just outcome have been exhausted. To this purpose, MusiQuE uses an Appeals Committee, formed of one standing member and one individual appointed in response to each specific appeal, chosen for their specialist knowledge in relation to the issues raised.

The standing member of the Appeals Committee is appointed by the MusiQuE Board for a fixed term of three years (renewable once), based on a proposal by AEC. The standing member of the Appeals Committee should be experienced in quality assurance processes and, for the period of his or her appointment, may not participate in MusiQuE reviews. The member of the Appeals Committee specially appointed for a particular appeal is chosen by the MusiQuE Board based upon any specialist knowledge required. He or she must not be connected with the institution that has submitted the appeal but may be an active member of the MusiQuE Register of Peer Reviewers.

Standing member of the Appeals Committee (2019 - 2022): Dawn Edwards (Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, UK)

The rules and procedures by which the Appeals Committee conducts its work are further detailed in the document MusiQuE Complaints and Appeals Procedures available here.