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Uk quality code for higher education

UK Quality Code for Higher Education

Research, Development and Partnerships Group

INSERT NATURE OF MEETING: INSERT DATE

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Registered charity numbers 1062746 and SC037786


The role of the quality assurance agency

The role of the Quality Assurance Agency

  • QAA’s mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education

  • We work with higher education providers to develop reference points and guidance which are used by all providers

  • We conduct reviews and publish reports detailing the findings of those reviews

  • For more information see: aboutus


Qaa s strategy 2011 14

QAA’s Strategy 2011-14

  • QAA has four strategic aims for the period 2011-14

    • meet students' needs and be valued by them

    • safeguard standards in an increasingly diverse UK and international context

    • drive improvements in UK higher education

    • improve public understanding of higher education standards and quality.


Uk quality code for higher education1

UK Quality Code for Higher Education

Expectations:

Things higher education providers expect of each other and which the general public can expect of all higher education providers


Terms

Terms

  • Defined or explained in the General Introduction to the Quality Code


Chapters of the quality code

Chapters of the Quality Code

  • Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards

  • Part C: Information about higher education provision

  • Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

  • B1: Programme design and approval

  • B2: Admissions

  • B3: Learning and teaching

  • B4: Student support

  • B5: Student engagement

  • B6: Assessment of students and accreditation of prior learning

  • B7: External examining

  • B8: Programme monitoring and review

  • B9: Complaints and appeals

  • B10: Management of collaborative arrangements

  • B11: Research degrees

  • A1: The national level

  • A2: The subject and qualification level

  • A3: The programme level

  • A4: Approval and review

  • A5: Externality

  • A6: Assessment of achievement of learning outcomes

General introduction


Uk quality code for higher education

  • All students are treated fairly, equitably and as individuals.

  • Staff are supported, enabling them in turn to support students' learning experiences.

  • Students have the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of their learning experience.

  • Sufficient and appropriate external involvement exists for the maintenance of academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities.

  • Students are properly and actively informed at appropriate times of matters relevant to their programmes of study.

Overarchingvalues

  • All policies and processes are regularly and effectively monitored, reviewed and improved.

  • All policies and processes relating to study and programmes are clear and transparent.

  • Strategic oversight of academic standards and academic quality is at the highest level of academic governance of the provider.


Why the quality code was developed

Why the Quality Code was developed

  • Evaluation of its predecessor the Academic Infrastructure to determine whether it remained fit for purpose

  • Consultation with HE providers and other stakeholders

  • A Final report setting out the proposed structure of the Quality Code


Uk quality code for higher education

Who needs to know about the Quality Code?

Students

Academic Staff

Quality Managers

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs)

Employers

Other stakeholder groups


Quality code under construction

Quality Code – under construction

The existing elements of the Academic Infrastructure put back together in a different order

Some completely new chapters e.g. student engagement

Review and editing of the whole for consistency and to reduce duplication

Some reworking to cover topics in a more appropriate way


Launch 15 december 2011

Launch: 15 December 2011

General Introduction

Part C: Information provision

B7: External examining

progress updates


Uk quality code for higher education

The Quality Code Jigsaw

Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

Oct 2011Chapter B7: External examining

Mar 2012Part C: Information about higher education provision

Jun 2012Chapter B11: Research degrees

Chapter B5: Student engagement

Sep 2012Chapter B3: Learning and teaching

Dec 2012Chapter B10: Management of collaborative arrangements

Mar 2013Chapter B4: Student support, learning resources and

careers education, information, advice and guidance

Apr 2013Chapter B9: Complaints and appeals

Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards

Jul 2013Chapter A1: The national level

Chapter A2: The subject and qualification level

Chapter A3: The programme level

Chapter A4: Approval and review

Chapter A5: Externality

Chapter A6: Assessment of achievement of learning outcomes

Jul 2013Chapter B6: Assessment of students and accreditation of prior learning

Sep 2013Chapter B1: Programme design and approval

Chapter B8: Programme monitoring and review

Oct 2013Chapter B2: Admissions


Timing issues

Timing issues

  • We’ve likened the launch of the Quality Code to the television digital switchover

  • The Academic Infrastructure and the Quality Code are now running in parallel

  • The Academic Infrastructure will cease to be used in QAA reviews from the start of academic year 2012-13 (calendar year 2013 for Educational Oversight reviews)

  • When we publish a new or revised chapter there will be a period of up to one year in which HE providers can consider what changes are needed to their procedures and practices


Further information

Website:

www.qaa.ac.uk/Qualitycode

Email:

[email protected]

Sign up to QAA News:

www.qaa.ac.uk/Newsroom/News/Pages/QAA-news-alert.aspx

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