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POLICY ON QUALITY ASSURANCE AND ENHANCEMENT Quality enhancement The University is committed to the identification and dissemination of best practice



    The University is committed to providing the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities, study environment and student support services within the framework of the resources available, and to ensuring that its academic awards are of the highest possible academic standard. The University is also committed to the continuous monitoring, review and enhancement of its provision and supporting quality assurance procedures. The University operates its arrangements for quality assurance and academic standards in the context of its relationship with its validating partners, primarily the University of Leeds and also the University of York. It also responds to the requirements of statutory bodies and significant contracting bodies, such as the NHS.

The following key principles underpin the University’s quality assurance and enhancement

    policy and strategy.

Quality Framework

A University-wide quality framework is established to assure the quality of the University’s

    student experience and its academic awards through overarching policies and procedures. These are aligned, where possible, with national best practice as identified by QAA. The procedures cover initial validation, course amendment, annual evaluation of modules and programmes, internal periodic review and revalidation, external examiners, and collaborative partnerships.

Committee Structure

    The University committees and decision-making processes are structured so that quality assurance policies and procedures can be developed, approved, monitored and reviewed.

Management Responsibility

    The University has identified designated managers of academic and central support services to take prime responsibility for quality assurance and enhancement of the academic programme, particularly, Deans of Faculty, Heads of Programme and chairs of Academic Standards Committee, Programme Sub-Committee, Research Committee and Student Services Committee.

Devolved Responsibility for Quality

    The University expects that all units and individual members of academic and support staff are committed to providing each student with courses and services of the highest possible quality, and that they will participate as required in the University’s quality assurance and

    enhancement procedures.

Student Participation

    The University encourages the participation of its students in feedback and review of the quality of the learning and teaching experience through student questionnaires, module and programme review and through representation on relevant University Committees.

Central support services

    The University provides appropriate services dedicated to the support and monitoring of quality assurance and enhancement and academic standards, of its programme of study and the student experience, e.g. Learning and Teaching Unit, Registry Quality and Academic Standards, and Research and Enterprise Office.

External perspectives

    The University obtains and considers relevant external views on the quality of its provision, primarily from its external examiners but also from external academic and professional peers in the validation of new programmes and periodic review of its provision. The University is committed to relating its programmes to relevant national subject benchmarking and/or professional body requirements.


    The University seeks to ensure that relevant policies and procedures are well-documented and made available to all members of staff

Quality enhancement

    The University is committed to the identification and dissemination of best practice and appropriate innovation in learning and teaching, supported by the provision of relevant staff development opportunities. It also encourages the promotion of research and scholarship to inform its learning and teaching.


QA Reference: QAF2

    Maintained by: Registry

    Updated: October 2006

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