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Academic Quality and Standards Handbook 2017/18

The Academic Quality and Standards Handbook (AQSH) for 2017/18 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.

Sections

Introduction

Introduction to The Academic Quality and Standards Handbook (AQSH) (PDF)

Code Document
Guidance(i) Committee structure diagram 2017/18 (Word)
Guidance(ii) Summary of committee responsibilities (Word)
Guidance(iii) Fees (Word)

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Academic planning

Section A – Academic planning (PDF version)

Code Document
A1 New qualification (Word)
A2 New course and partner proposal (Word)
A2a Technical data collection (Word)
A2b New development involving a joint or dual award (Word)
A2c Proposal for re-validation of an existing field (Word)
A3 Course and partner closure form (Word)
A4 New partner campus or site (Word)
A5a Notification of new course combination (Word)
A5b Notification of course combination closure (Word)
A6 Market analysis summary (Word)
Guidance AG(i) Guidance for completing the A2a technical data form (Word)
Guidance AG(ii) Writing the market demand section of the A2 (pdf)
Guidance AG(iii) Course closure (pdf)

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Managing higher education provision with others

Section B Managing higher education provision with others (PDF)

Code
Document
Form B1 Due diligence/institutional re-approval evidence request: UK publicly funded institutions (Word)
Form B2
Due diligence/institutional re-approval evidence request: UK privately funded institutions (Word)
Form B3
Due diligence/institutional re-approval evidence request: overseas institutions (Word)
Template B4 Due diligence report template: UK publicly funded institutions (Word)
Template B5 Due diligence report template: UK privately funded institutions (Word)
Template B6 Due diligence report template: overseas institutions (Word)
Template B7 Institutional agreement template (Word)
Template B8 Institutional monitoring report template (Word)
Template B9 Overview report to quality assurance committee template (Word)
Template B10 Institutional re-approval report template (Word)
Template B11 Notes for completion of action plan for terminating a collaborative partnership (Word)
Template B12 Termination agreement template (Word)
Guidance BG (i) Guidance on the role of the liaison officer (Word)
Guidance BG (ii) Liaison document guidelines (Word)
Guidance BG (iii) Terms of reference and standard agenda for executive committees (Word)
Guidance BG (iv) Guidelines on the application and regulations and procedures for collaborative provision (Word)
Guidance BG (v) Promoting and marketing collaborative programmes (Word)
Guidance BG (vi) Availability of University services and resources for different types of collaborative partner (Word)
Guidance BG (vii) Spectrum of collaborative provision and associated due diligence requirements (Word)

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Validation of new fields

Section C Validation of new fields (PDF)

CodeDocument
Form C1
Panel nomination form 2017/18 (Word)
Form C2
Table of modules contributing to a field for module directory 2017/18(Word)
Form C3 Application for exemption or variant to RAF 2017/18 (Word)
Template C4
Programme specification 2017/18 (Word)
Template C5 Module descriptor template 2017/18 (Word)
Form C6
Faculty documentation check 2017/18 (Word)
Form C7 Faculty level validation external scrutiny report 2017/18(Word)
Form C8 Faculty conditions check 2017/18(Word)
Form C9 Chair's approval of conditions 2017/18 (Word)
Form C10 Notification of faculty validation approval to AQS 2017/18(Word)
Template C11
Module guide template for dissertations and research projects 2017/18 (Word)
Guidance CG (i) Producing documentation for validation events 2017/18 (PDF)
Guidance CG (ii) Completing module descriptors and module guides 2017/18 (PDF)
Guidance CG (iii) Preparing the HEAR descriptor 2017/18 (PDF)
Guidance CG (iv) Validation documentary requirements matrix 2017/18(PDF)
Guidance CG (v) Placement and work-based learning guidelines 2017/18 (PDF)
Guidance CG (vi) Validation criteria and checklist for Faculty and University panels 2017/18(PDF)
Guidance CG (vii) Good practice for undertaking events by video-conference 2017/18 (PDF)

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Internal subject review

Forms and templates

Code Document
Form D1 Action plan in response to ISR 2017/18 (Word)
Form D2 Chair's approval of ISR action plan or one year follow up 2017/18 (Word)
Form D3 ISR advance documentation faculty check 2017/18 (Word)
Form D4 Faculty recommendation check (Word)

Guidance notes

Code Document
DG (i) ISR criteria and checklist 2017/18 (Word)
DG (ii) Agenda for ISR planning meeting 2017/18 (Word)
DG (iii) Agenda and guidance for meeting with students graduates and employers 2017/18 (Word)
DG (iv) Digital module boxes in StudySpace 2017/18 (Word)
DG (v) Current Kingston University ISR groupings (Word)
DG (vi) Writing the Self-Evaluation Document (Word)

Digital module boxes in StudySpace (Word)

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Annual review and development

Forms and templates

Code Document
Template F1
Module Enhancement Plan (MEP) 2017/18 (Word)
Template F2 Course Enhancement Plan (CEP) 2017/18 (Word)
Template F3 Course Enhancement Plan School Summary 2017/18 (Word)

Guidance notes

Code Document
FG (i)
Performance indicators for annual review and development 2017/18 (PDF)
FG (ii) Terms of reference agenda items and guidance for boards of study 2017/2018 (Word)
FG (iii)  AME Module Enhancement Plan (PDF)
FG (iv) AME Course Enhancement Plan (Word)
   

 

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Changes to fields

Forms and templates

Code Document
Form G1 Change of field title of qualification 2017/18 (Word)
Form G2 Change or addition to duration or mode of delivery of a field 2017/18 (Word)
Form G3 Application for a variation to UG or PG Regulations 2017/18  (Word)
Form G4 Changes to fields by delegated powers 2017/18 (Word)

Guidance notes

Code Document
Guidance GG (i) Criteria for approval of variants and cycle of review 2017/18 (PDF)
Guidance GG (ii) Changes that might affect my course – student guidance 2017/18 (PDF)

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Accreditation processes

Section H – Accreditation processes (PDF)

Forms and templates

Code Document
Form H1
Student request for recognition of prior and or experiential learning 2017/18 (Word)
Form H2
Articulation proposal form 2017/18 (Word)
Template H3
Articulation agreement 2017/18  (Word)
Form H4
Monitoring of articulation agreements 2017/18 (Word)
Form H5 Monitoring of progression agreements 2017/18 (Word)
Form H6 Progression agreement 2017/18 (Word)

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External examiners

Forms and templates

CodeDocument
Form I1 Application for approval of an external examiner 2016/17 (Word)
Form I2 Application for additional duties or extension 2016/17 (Word)
Template I3 External examiner response letter (Word)
Template I4 External examiner report form 2016/17 (Word)
Template I5 External examiner final checklist form 2016/17 (Word)

Guidance notes and exemplars

Guidance IG (i) Responsibilities of faculties and central university departments 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (ii) Criteria for the approval of external examiners – supplementary information 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (iii) Checklist of documentation for new external examiners 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (iv) Induction of new external examiners and planning of audit of assessment 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (v) Rights and responsibilities of external examiners 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (vi) External Examiner access to StudySpace 2016/17 (PDF)
Guidance IG (vii) Student guide to the role of the EE 2016/17 (PDF)

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Professional, statutory and regulatory body accreditation or recognition (PSRB)

Code Document
Form J1
Notification of a new PSRB arrangement or changes to an existing one 2017/18 (Word)

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Student engagement and feedback

Code Document
Guidance LG (i)
Staff student consultative committee (SSCC) – terms of reference 2017/18 (PDF)

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Research degrees (covers Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD)

Code Document
Guidance GM (i)  Notes for Panel Members for IRPGR (PDF)

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Student mobility

Code Document
Form N1 Exchange agreement request 2017/18 (Word)
Form N2 International exchange agreement request form (Word)

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