The quality management system of Tampere University
The President of Tampere University outlined the responsibilities of the University’s quality management system on 24 May 2019. The President annually reports to the University Board on the efficacy of the quality management system. The University’s quality management system and procedures will be clarified in a quality manual that will be published in 2020.
The responsibility for the quality of operations and its development lies with all employees according to their tasks. The University’s executive group serves as the steering team of quality management. The Provost is in charge of the entire quality management system and its functionality and supervises practical quality work. Deans and managers are in charge of quality management in the faculties and units they lead. Students play a vital role in the quality management of the University community and they are represented in the planning groups of degree programmes, faculty councils and the Academic Board.
The Provost specified the responsibilities and procedures concerning the quality management of degree education on 28 June 2019. Teachers responsible for the degree programmes are in charge of the quality and continuous improvement of their programmes. At Tampere University, quality management means continuous knowledge-based improvement of operations according to the so-called quality circle (Plan-Do-Check-Act, PDCA).
Assessments and evaluations
The predecessors of Tampere University successfully passed the national audits of their quality management systems (Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in 2014, valid until 25 March 2020; the University of Tampere (UTA) in 2015, valid until 9 April 2021). Tampere University is committed to national and international quality management principles and guidelines and has started preparing for a national audit.
Both of the predecessor universities were issued the HR Excellence in Research label by the European Commission (TUT 2014, UTA 2015). The label shows that the University offers a stimulating and good work environment and that the University is committed to equal and transparent recruitment practices and the development of researchers’ position and careers.
The University is committed to all central national and international principles of responsible science. The University complies with the open science alignment adopted by the Academic Board and carries it out according to a separate action plan. The University is committed to the guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity.
As a signatory of the international DORA Declaration (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment), the University is committed to improving the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated in order to make such assessments more open and transparent.