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Academic Quality and Standards Handbook

The Academic Quality and Standards Handbook (AQSH) for 2016/17 consists of 15 sections, including an introduction, which detail the University's principles and procedures for approving, monitoring and reviewing its courses, programmes and partnerships.

It is anticipated that the AQSH will be of most benefit to those members of staff with day-to-day involvement in the University's quality assurance and enhancement procedures. You can view last year's Academic Quality and Standards Handbook (AQSH) 2015/16.


Section A
Academic planning
Section B Managing higher education provision with others
Section C Validation of new fields
Section D Internal subject review
Section E Internal quality audit (PDF)
Section F Annual monitoring and enhancement
Section G Changes to fields
Section H Accreditation processes
Section I External examiners
Section J Professional, statutory and regulatory body accreditation or recognition (PSRB)
Section K External requirements (PDF)
Section L Student engagement and feedback
Section M Research degrees (covers Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD)
Section N Student mobility


A series of mini-guides is now available which may be more helpful for members of staff who need to understand a specific area of process but do not require an in-depth knowledge of the information provided in the AQSH. These are:

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