The University of Trento promotes the constant enhancement of the quality of its Departments and Centres, study programmes, research, and third mission, using the tools indicated by the AVA framework (internal QA, external QA and accreditation of the Italian university system) and as part of the Quality assurance policy of the University.
Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning
The Faculty of Law implements its own quality assurance policy in line with the Quality Assurance Framework of the University and ANVUR’s guidelines.
Departmental Organisation of Quality Assurance
The actors in the Quality Assurance Framework in the Department are listed in the Organisation of Quality Assurance section.
Sources and instruments
The bodies responsible for the quality assurance of teaching and learning periodically monitor the learning objectives achieved in the degree programmes and the overall quality of courses based on:
- data provided by the Monitoring, Statistics and Policy Development Unit on student progress
- statistical data on career perspectives and employability from various sources (the Almalaurea database, studies, studies conducted by the Department or by the University's research groups)
- surveys of student opinions on the quality of teaching and learning at UniTrento
- student feedback and requests submitted through the Joint Student-Teacher Committee
- feedback from the graduates of the programme of study (Almalaurea).
The following documents are drafted periodically:
- Annual Monitoring Report
- Annual Programme Report (SUA)
- Periodic Programme Review
- every 3 years for undergraduate programmes
- every 5 years for single cycle master's programmes
The Programme Review Panels/Self-assessment Panels meet 2/3 times every year, and draft:
- the Annual Monitoring Report
- the Annual Programme Report (SUA)
- the Periodic Programme Review.
These documents are discussed/approved with/by the Faculty Board.
The Joint Student-Teacher Committee
- evaluates every year the degree of student satisfaction with teaching and learning and their learning experience
- meets every 4/5 months to discuss
- drafts the Annual report and submits it to the Faculty Board.
Student Feedback on Teaching and Learning
The students of the faculty can help identify and address any quality issues concerning academic or support services provided by the Faculty, and report any inappropriate behaviour, through:
- the student representatives in the Faculty Board and in other bodies (Governing bodies)
- the coordinators/directors of their degree programme
- By e-mail to segnalazioni.studenti.jus [at] unitn.it. All reports will be forwarded to the relevant person and treated in a confidential manner.
Other university bodies that students can contact are:
- The Student Ombudsperson, who is available to all students and can help with relations with teaching and technical-administrative staff
- The Committee for Equal Opportunities, Well-Being at Work and Against Discrimination, which works to promote and protect equal opportunities and well-being in the working environment among the University’s staff
- The Confidential Counsellor, who is in charge of preventing, managing and helping to resolve any cases of bullying and sexual harassment occurring in the workplace or study environment brought to his/her attention.
For information and suggestions concerning student and support services you can contact:
- Academic and Student Support Services, for admissions and enrolment, tuition fees, study plans, registration for exams, degree award, interruption of studies, withdrawal, transfer to other universities or other programmes
- the International relations division for Erasmus+ and double degree programmes, bilateral agreements, internships and thesis research abroad
- the Tutoring service for tutoring and student support in the different disciplinary areas, and access to services
- the Job Guidance Office for curricular and postgraduate internships
- the University Language Centre – CLA, for language courses and tests
- the Test Center for ECDL, GMAT, TOEFL certificates
- Opera universitaria for scholarships, university restaurants, accommodation
- the Inclusion Service for support services for students with disabilities and special needs
- the University Library for library services, loans, e-books and digital resources, dissertation writing.
Research and Third Mission Quality Assurance
The Faculty of Law implements its own quality assurance policy of both teaching and research in line with the Quality Assurance Framework of the University, with the national legal dispositions and ANVUR’s guidelines.
The Faculty of Law pursues the constant enhancement of the quality of the research activity. Some of the key features of the research activity carried out at the Faculty of Law are listed below:
- the original option for an innovative methodological approach, of a comparative and interdisciplinary nature;
- the development and improvement of this approach in the context of European integration studies and its specificities on a juridical-institutional level;
- the development and consolidation of important relationships with significant and authoritative research groups at national and international level;
- the promotion and enhancement of the work as well as of the study and research initiatives referable to young scholars of the Faculty, with the accompaniment and support of their respective scientific pathways;
- the widespread participation of members of the Faculty, also individually, in research projects consistent with the cultural structure of the Faculty itself, as well as in the main and most important associative networks of law scholars;
- the peculiar productivity of the individual professors and researchers of the Faculty, whose scientific commitment is qualitatively and quantitatively appreciable in several of the main national and international legal journals and series;
- the close relationship between the carrying out of research activities, in groups or as individuals, and the organization of particularly specialized didactic pathways, to be offered directly to the student community;
- the constant dialogue with some fundamental institutions of the regional and provincial territory;
- the great visibility that many of the research projects carried out at the Faculty have had over the years, leading some of the scholars also to prestigious roles in the context of national and international institutions, both academic and non-academic.
The relevant formative experiences gained by the Faculty of Law in relation to the professional categories operating in the Trentino area undoubtedly represent one of the greatest strengths that the structure can boast in terms of transmission of practices, knowledge and scientific results. The same can be said, moreover, for the other important training activities (Masters and Degree courses) to which the Faculty itself has given a great, if not indispensable, contribution, and which certainly allow to identify important areas of action and interdisciplinary collaboration with other Universities and with other territorial and functional public bodies of the Euroregion area.
The Faculty organizes numerous national and international conferences and study days every year. These initiatives often represent fundamental stages in the scientific-cultural debate. On many occasions, the initiatives were possible thanks to the broad consensus of local institutions and local and national professional realities.
The Research and Third Mission quality assurance framework requires the following documents/database to be periodically filled in:
- Annual Programme Report (SUA) for Department Research
- Draft of the Periodic Programme Review
Organisation of Quality Assurance
Actors in the Quality Assurance Framework
The Dean coordinates the faculty’s teaching and scientific policies and ensures their implementation, represents the faculty, presides over the Council and the Executive Committee, and enacts their decisions.
Delegate for Quality
The Delegate for Quality promotes the constant monitoring and enhancement of the Quality of Teaching and Learning, Research and Third Mission at the Faculty, while ensuring constant coordination between University and Faculty on QA processes and initiatives. The Delegate for Quality at the Faculty are Professor Erminia Camassa and Dr. Flavio Guella
The Faculty Board
The Council is the collective body of the Faculty and is the body with overall responsibility for quality assurance.
Actors in the Quality of Teaching and Learning
Joint Student-Teacher Committee
Each Department/Centre has its own Joint Student-Teacher Committee (CPDS, Commissione Paritetica docenti-studenti) and ensures the widest possible representation of students from the Degree Programmes it offers. The Committee:
- monitors the quality of study programmes and of teaching and learning
- identifies indicators for the evaluation of programme performance
- expresses its opinion on the activation of new and/or discontinuation of existing study programmes
- reports the opinions and views of students to their representatives for each study programme.
- are responsible for planning and revising the programmes of study
- are responsible for drafting the Annual Programme Report (SUA-CdS), the Annual Programme Reviews and the Periodic Programme Review
- carry out effective monitoring regarding programme performance, ensuring that
- actions proposed during previous reviews are implemented
- learning objectives are periodically reviewed
- programme learning objectives are monitored.
- act in a timely manner to address any issues.
The Programme Coordinators can be found on the contact page of each study programme.
Programme Review Panel
These panels hold the primary role in the monitoring and conducting the internal review, as they implement the review process. They:
- draft the Annual Monitoring Report
- draft the Periodic Programme Review
- in case of critical issues, propose actions to address them.
The key role of student representatives is to report on any problematic issues and suggestions from students relating to improving the teaching and learning experience.
They also ensure full transparency and disclosure of information.
They participate in all review panels and in the Joint Student-Teacher Committee.