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Strategy for Quality Assurance and Enhancement Conducted on Nov 2013
1. Quality Assurance and Enhancement Policy
1.1 Scope of the policy
This policy statement summarises the University's approach to the maintenance of academic standards and to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of learning opportunities offered to students. It provides an overview and points to the policies and procedures which provide a framework within which departments and Schools operate.
1.2 Guiding principles and elements
- We seek to establish policies which identify the minimum institution-wide requirements with which all departments and Schools are expected to comply but which can be augmented at the local level to provide greater specificity in order to accommodate different disciplinary requirements. These policies are intended to provide a framework to ensure consistency of standards, consistency and equivalence in the student experience and to assure a high quality education whilst enabling appropriate diversity in local practices.
- University policies and procedures for developing and maintaining academic standards and for assessing and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities are determined through its deliberative structures. University departments are responsible for their implementation. Schools of Studies are expected to monitor and ensure that their constituent departments do this effectively. Schools report on the outcomes of this activity to University-level committees in order to inform consideration of University-wide issues or provision, to identify areas of good and effective practice which might be disseminated to other areas of the University and to identify areas of potential weakness where there may be scope for improvement. It also allows the University to identify generic trends or themes which may require attention and/or wider dissemination.