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Quality Assurance Code of Practice

The Code of Practice details the key principles and processes by which the University assures itself of the standards and quality of its qualifications.


The University’s Quality Assurance (QA) Code of Practice is the key reference document 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 through which good practice in learning and teaching is encouraged and disseminated.

You may also wish to read the Assuring Academic Quality and Standards Policy.

For all statements that apply to degree apprenticeship provision, please refer to the Quality Assurance Code of Practice for Apprenticeship Courses.

If you have any questions relating to a statement, please approach the first point of contact listed at start of each statement. This may be a Faculty/School Assistant Registrar or a Professional Services team.

The Code of Practice

Summary of latest updates

Quality Assurance Code of Practice: Approach to Development

QA-CT Curriculum Transformation Approvals during 2023/24

QA3 Approval of New Programmes of Study
QA4 Amendments to Programmes of Study and Units and Approval of New Units
QA6 Placement Learning
QA7 Research Degrees
QA8 Professional Accreditation
QA9 Professional Development and Recognition for All Staff and Students who Teach and Support Learning
QA12 External Examining (Taught Provision)
QA13 Degree Scheme Review
QA16 Assessment, Marking and Feedback
QA20 Collaborative Provision
QA22 Recruitment, Selection and Admission of Students
QA28 Conduct of Examinations (currently suspended)
QA31 Support of International Students
QA33 Personal Tutoring
QA35 Assessment Procedures for Taught Programmes of Study
QA37 Student Exchange Arrangements
QA38 Induction of Students
QA41 Distance Learning Provision
QA44 Programme Handbooks and Programme Specifications
QA45 Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning
QA48 Student Engagement with Quality Assurance and Enhancement
QA51 Education Annual Review and Enhancement
QA53 Examination and Assessment Offences
QA55 Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
QA56 Continuing Professional Development

Quality assurance and the Code of Practice in the 2019/20 to 2021/22 academic years

For semester 2 and the supplementary assessment period of the 2019/20 academic year, specific Code of Practice guidance was released for delivery of assessments, and to support Boards of Examiners in determining academic outcomes.

A statement is also available on assuring the academic quality for remote starters during 2021/22.

Copies of these statements are available on request from Academic Registry. Please contact

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