MusiQuE Appeals Committee

The provision of appropriate opportunities for appeal is an important feature of any quality assurance process. As well as enabling the correction of factual errors, it acknowledges that a system of peer review is strengthened when the judgement of one particular group of peers is not necessarily absolute and final in all circumstances. At the same time, in a system where panels are carefully selected from a wide range of experts, and where institutions have the right to comment on the initial selection if they feel it appropriate, the normal presumption of all those participating in the process should be that the considered view of the panel will be accepted, even if it contains critical elements.

MusiQuE’s procedures seek to establish a balance between the considerations outlined above in such a way that both the institution being reviewed and the experts carrying out the review feel adequately supported. The following sections describe first the opportunities for correcting factual errors and then the paths of action open to an institution that feels it has genuine cause to contest the verdict of a review.

The standing member of the Appeals Committee is appointed by the General Assembly of AEC on the recommendation of the MusiQuE Board.  The appointment is for a fixed term of three years. The standing member of the Appeals Committee should be experienced in quality assurance processes but for the period of his or her appointment, should 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 the specialist knowledge required. He or she should be unconnected with the institution that has made the appeal but may have been, or be about to be, involved in other MusiQuE procedures around the time of the appeal.