Quality management

Quality Assurance Code of Practice

The University’s Quality Assurance Code of Practice is the key reference point for information on the academic principles and processes, roles and responsibilities through which we develop and implement an effective and efficient quality management framework, assuring ourselves of the standards and quality of our provision.  It is also one of the channels of communication via which good practice in learning and teaching is encouraged and disseminated.

The QA Code of Practice is arranged into a number of themed statements, each with an identifier (QA3, QA4, QA7 etc) and presented in a standard format, with the content of each statement being composed of:

  • elements drawn from University Ordinances, Regulations and Rules, compliance with which is mandatory;
  • elements with a code of practice status that must be complied with unless dispensation is received from the University Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee. There are elements of discretion however, and responsibilities are assigned for individuals and groups;
  • elements illustrating good practice that are commended for the enhancement of the student learning experience.

Most of the statements within the QA Code of Practice relate to taught provision and doctorates with taught elements.   QA7 sets out our expectations and requirements in relation to research degree provision.  Further guidance is provided on using the QA Code of Practice in relation to Professional Doctorates and other doctoral degree programmes with an integrated taught component

The QA Code of Practice is a constantly evolving document and is regularly reviewed and updated using a systematic approach agreed by University Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee.   We seek to involve a range of staff and the Students' Union in our consultation processes.

You can find further information on the content, approval, review and dissemination of the QA Code of Practice in its introductory statement.