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UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Registered charity numbers 1062746 and SC037786. UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Expectations:

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uk quality code for higher education

UK Quality Code for Higher Education

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

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

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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.

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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

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The Quality Code Jigsaw

Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

Oct 2011 Chapter B7: External examining

Mar 2012 Part C: Information about higher education provision

Jun 2012 Chapter B11: Research degrees

Chapter B5: Student engagement

Sep 2012 Chapter B3: Learning and teaching

Dec 2012 Chapter B10: Management of collaborative arrangements

Mar 2013 Chapter B4: Student support, learning resources and

careers education, information, advice and guidance

Apr 2013 Chapter B9: Complaints and appeals

Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards

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

Sep 2013 Chapter B1: Programme design and approval

Chapter B8: Programme monitoring and review

Oct 2013 Chapter B2: Admissions

timing issues
Timing issues
  • The QAA have likened the launch of the Quality Code to the television digital switchover
  • The Academic Infrastructure and the Quality Code were 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 a new or revised chapter is published 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:

qualitycode@qaa.ac.uk

Sign up to QAA News:

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

Further information