Academic Quality provide advice and support to University staff on academic quality matters such as module and programme procedures, professional and statutory bodies, collaborative provision, application of academic regulations, the external examiners system - and many others!
We service four university committees (Quality Assurance Monitoring & Review, Academic Strategy & Enhancement, Regulations, Collaborative Partnerships), and run annual and bespoke briefing events.
Your Assistant Dean (Academic Quality & Customer Service) or Assistant Faculty Manager (Quality) may often be your first point of contact for advice.
For more information on how academic quality affects you see our Quality Framework pages.
UK Quality Code
The UK Quality Code for Higher Education sets out the expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet.
The Quality Code replaces the set of national reference points known as the Academic Infrastructure, from the 2012-13 academic year. The Quality Code gives all higher education providers a shared starting point for setting, describing and assuring the academic standards of their higher education awards and programmes and the quality of the learning opportunities they provide. Providers use it to design their respective policies for maintaining academic standards and quality.
An evaluation of the Academic Infrastructure was carried out in 2009-10, culminating in a consultation on the planned changes and a published report. This resulted in the decision to restructure the content into a Quality Code in three parts (A on standards, B on quality and C on information), subdivided into Chapters, some of which would be entirely new. The development of the Quality Code is overseen by the Quality Code Steering Group, and the Quality Code itself launched on 15 December 2011.
An update of the newly published sections and forthcoming consultations can be found here.