Academic Quality and Standards Handbook 2020/21

The Academic Quality and Standards Handbook (AQSH) for 2020/21 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.

  • Changes to the Academic Quality and Standards Handbook 2020/21 (PDF)
  • AQSH – abbreviations and glossary 2020/21 (PDF)

The University is in the process of making all documents within the AQSH fully accessible. If you encounter any accessibility issues with these documents, please contact the Quality Assurance and Enhancement department at: QAE@kingston.ac.uk.

Introduction: Guidance notes

Section A: Academic planning

Section B: Managing Higher Education provision with others

Section B: Managing Higher Education provision with others 2020/21 (PDF)

Forms and templates

Due diligence

  • B1 – Due diligence/institutional re–approval evidence request: UK publicly funded institution 2020/21 (Word)
  • B2 – Due diligence/institutional re–approval evidence request: UK privately funded institution 2020/21 (Word)
  • B3 – Due diligence/institutional re–approval evidence request: overseas institution 2020/21 (Word)
  • B3i – Due diligence/institutional re–approve evidence request: high status Chinese institutions 2020/21 (Word)
  • B4 – Due diligence report template: UK publicly funded institution 2020/21 (Word)
  • B5 – Due diligence report template: UK privately funded institution 2020/21 (Word)
  • B6 – Due diligence report template: overseas institution 2020/21 (Word)

Contracts

  • B7 – Institutional agreement template 2020/21 (Word)

Institutional monitoring

  • B8 – Annual Institutional Monitoring report template 2020/21(Word)
  • B9 – Annual Institutional Monitoring Overview report template 2020/21(Word)

Institutional re–approval

  • B10 – Institutional re–approval report template 2020/21 (Word)

Termination of Partnerships

  • B11 – Notes for completion of action plan for terminating a collaborative partnership 2020/21(Word)
  • B12 – Termination agreement template 2020/21 (Word)
  • B13 – Collaborative partner contingency plans 2020/21 (Word)

Guidance notes

Section C: Validation of new courses

Section D: Internal subject review

Section E: Internal quality audit

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

Section L: Student engagement and feedback

Section M: Research degrees (covers Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD)

Section N: Student mobility

Mini-guides

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:

  • Mini guide to responding to External Examiner Reports (PDF) 
  • Mini-guide to setting up collaborative partnerships (PDF)
  • Mini-guide to the internal subject review process (ISR) for collaborative partners (PDF)
  • Mini-guide to the internal subject review process (ISR) for in-house members of staff (PDF)
  • Mini-guide to the internal subject review process (ISR) for review team members (PDF)
  • Mini-guide to validation (PDF)
  • Mini guide to nominating external examiners (PDF)
  • Mini guide to providing draft assessments and sample student work to EEs (PDF)