Governance and Management of Quality Assurance

Tipperary ETB (TETB) is governed by a board. The board is made up of democratically appointed members who support the Chief Executive (CE) in the implementation of plans and day to day management. The board has a number of sub committees which include the Further Education and Training (FET) Committee, whose role it is to provide advice and support to the FET managment.

The Chief Executive is responsible to the board for all TETB’s activities including quality assurance, which is an executive function of TETB.The Director of Further Education and Training (FET) reports directly to the CE of TETB and is responsible for the delivery of high quality and responsive FET provision and the governance and management of FET.

The FET Senior Management Team (SMT) consists of the Director of FET, Adult Education Officers and the Training Services Manager who meet regularly to plan and manage all FET provision in TETB. For the purposes of FET QA, two members of this SMT provide the governance and oversight of the work of the QA Steering Group. The graphic below illustrates TETB’s governance structures:

Figure 1: Governance Structures of TETB



Purpose of Tipperary ETB’s QA Governance System 

Tipperary ETB’s (TETB’s) QA new governance structures, that commenced mid-2018, oversees all aspects of TETB’s quality assurance provision. This includes QQI and non-QQI awards.

The governance structures reflect both the obligations noted in the Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines published by QQI, along with TETB’s aspirations for a quality-led system that is transparent, documented and accessible to all stakeholders.

Central to the operation of TETB’s QA governance system is the separation of responsibility between groups of personnel who develop material and those that approve them.

Further detail on the expectations and operation of TETB’s QA governance system can be found in the document TETB’ QA Governance withTerms of Reference

Structure of TETB’s QA Governance System


    • QA Governance Group – this group has overall responsibility for strategic oversight, planning and coordination of FET provision.
    • Quality Assurance Steering Group – this group has responsibility for the monitoring and review of quality assurance.
    • Quality Assurance Task Groups – the purpose of this group is to progress the development of specifically identified QA policies, procedures, programme-related matters and other QA actions that are identified through self-evaluation and/or other priority activities. Terms of Reference, which include the design of a work brief, have been developed to support this group
    • Programme Approval Committee –  this group has decision-making and approval responsibility relating to requests for the development of new awards or programmes; requests by centres for new programmes or additional modules; or requests by centres for amendments to programmes.

Figure 2: QA Governance Structures of TETB


Membership and Operation of TETB’s Governance Groups

The composition of TETB’s governance groups strives to ensure that the members are appropriately competent to carry out the roles and decision-making duties expected of them. Details on membership, and terms of reference for all governance units, can also be found in TETB’s QA Governance with Terms of Reference