Quality Framework

The University’s Quality Framework is described in the University Education Strategy as: a robust quality assurance framework that drives innovative course design, working in partnership with students at all stages. This will include engagement with external examiners, annual review of programmes, faculty quality assurance processes and periodic strategic reviews of departments/schools.

Its purpose is to:

Roles and Responsibility

Overall responsibility for the Framework lies with the University Education Committee, on behalf of Senate; with its ongoing effectiveness being monitored by the University Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

The processes underpinning the Quality Framework are managed by the Academic Quality and Policy Office (AQPO) with the exception of the School Review process, which is coordinated by the Strategic Planning and Governance Office.

The main components of the Framework are:

Monitoring and review

(see also the diagramatic representation of the framework (EAP Diagram (PDF, 409kB)‌)

Curriculum Review and Development, whereby a school conducts an in-depth review of its taught programmes, can also be undertaken.

Postgraduate research programmes (and some specific taught programmes) also undertake Annual Programme Review. The APR webpage give full details.

All aspects of the monitoring and review process include input from:

Regulation and policy

The University’s academic standards and expectations are primarily set out in the:

They are further supported by a range of policies and guidelines in education.