The Quality Framework is the University's definitive source of information on our approach to academic quality assurance and enhancement. It is the authoritative reference point for all academic quality activities University-wide and provides advice and guidance which must be followed on the application of the University's academic regulations. More information about the Quality Framework and how it should be used, can be found in the Introduction to the Quality Framework below. The Related Resources box below contains links to key materials and resources to support the implementation of processes set out with the Quality Framework, such as links to the academic regulations.
In Trimester Two 2022/23, the University launched a new approach to Curriculum Management, supported by significant amendments to the Quality Framework, including a new Section One (which subsumes policy and procedure previously within Sections 1a-c; Sections 0c, Sections 3 and 6). Work continues to align procedures associated with the approval of collaborative provision in line with our new approach to Curriculum Management. Changes to the Quality Framework have been completed in advance of the 2023/24 academic session.
A summary of key changes for the 2023/2024 academic session can be found at the bottom of this page.
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Summary of key changes for the 2023/2024 academic session:
Section 1 (Curriculum Management: Development, Approval, Change and Withdrawal) was approved as a new section of the Quality Framework in 2023. Minor amendments were required to add clarity on the timeframe of changes to modules not impacting on timetabling to ensure compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the University in paragraph 17. Additional reference was made to paragraph 71 b. to confirm that professional service staff who contribute to the delivery of programmes can be included during the meeting with the programme team as part of approval. The Terms of Reference for the School Quality & Curriculum Management Committee was amended to signal that the student Quality panel member was a pilot for 2023/24 as success will be dependent on student panel recruitment (this will be evaluated as part of the 2023/24 Review of the Effectiveness of the Quality Framework). Clarity was also added to the Appendix on the naming conventions of programmes with respect to the terminology around subject components.
Amendments to Section 2a (annual monitoring and review) and 2b (Institutional led Review) included additions to strengthen the opportunity to reflect on and report upon the contribution made by the University professional services to the quality of the student learning experience, as part of the University's integrated approach to Professional Services Review. There were amendments made to the module and programme leader annual monitoring forms, which included the expectation that records should be checked against the Curriculum Management Environment (CME). The Self-Evaluation Report template has been updated to encourage better engagement with and cross-referencing to the underpinning evidence-base. Programme teams who have already started preparations for ILR will have a choice to continue with the previous template or utilise the updated one.
A new approach to version control has been incorporated into the Quality Framework, sections will no longer be labelled with the academic year, rather the date of last update.
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