Presentation on theme: "Sharing Good Practice in Quality"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sharing Good Practice in Quality Sharing Good Practice in Quality. The New Quality Code and its Effect on Staffordshire University Processes and PracticesRebecca Penny, Director of Quality Enhancement and Standards
2 To provide an overview of recent developments in UK HE Quality Assurance landscape: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher EducationThe UK Quality Code for Higher EducationHigher Education ReviewMapping of the Quality Code at Staffordshire University
3 The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
4 Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education QAA’s mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher educationThe Agency works with higher education providers to develop reference points and guidance which are used by all providersQAA conducts reviews and publishes reports detailing the findings of those reviews
6 UK Quality Code for Higher Education The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) is used to assure the standards and quality of higher education in the United Kingdom. It is developed and maintained by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) through consultation with the higher education sector and is used by individual higher education providers to ensure students have the high-quality educational experience they are entitled to expect.QAA, ‘The UK Quality Code for Higher Education: A Brief Guide’, 2012
7 UK Quality Code for Higher Education Setting and maintaining academic standardsPart AAssuring and enhancing academic qualityPart BInformation about higher education provisionPart CExpectations:Things higher education providers expect of each other and which the general public can expect of all higher education providersof ‘sound practice’Replace preceptsIndicators
8 All students are treated fairly, equitably and as individuals. Staff are supported, enabling them in turn to support students' learning experiences.Students have the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of their learning experience.Sufficient and appropriate external involvement exists for the maintenance of academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities.Students are properly and actively informed at appropriate times of matters relevant to their programmes of study.Overarching valuesAll policies and processes are regularly and effectively monitored, reviewed and improved.All policies and processes relating to study and programmes are clear and transparent.Strategic oversight of academic standards and academic quality is at the highest level of academic governance of the provider.
9 Chapters of the Quality Code Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic qualityB1: Programme design and approvalB2: Recruitment and admission to higher educationB3: Learning and teachingB4: Enabling student development and achievementB5: Student engagementB6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learningB7: External examiningB8: Programme monitoring and reviewB9: Academic appeals and student complaintsB10: Managing higher education provision with othersB11: Research degreesGeneral introductionPart A: Setting and maintaining academic standardsPart C: Information about higher education provision
10 The Quality Code Jigsaw Oct 2011 Chapter B7: External examiningMar 2012 Part C: Information about higher education provisionJun 2012 Chapter B11: Research degreesChapter B5: Student engagementSep 2012 Chapter B3: Learning and teachingDec 2012 Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with othersMar 2013 Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievementApr 2013 Chapter B9: Academic appeals and student complaintsOct Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standardsChapter B1: Programme design and approvalChapter B2: Recruitment and admission to higher educationChapter B6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learningChapter B8: Programme monitoring and review
11 UK Quality Code and Collaborative Provision Chapter B10, Managing Higher Education Provision with others, describes what is expected of UK degree-awarding bodies managing educational arrangements delivered or supported by a partner institution.
12 UK Quality Code and Collaborative Provision B10 covers all forms of working with others from placement activity to franchise and accreditation arrangements and joint and dual awards.B10 does not address the quality of learning opportunities provided through collaborative working – this is covered by the other chapters in Part B of the Code.
13 UK Quality Code: Chapter B10 Expectation Degree-awarding bodies take ultimate responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities, irrespective of where these aredelivered or who provides them. Arrangements for delivering learning opportunities with organisations other than the degree-awarding body areimplemented securely and managed effectively.
16 Higher Education Review Method used by QAA from to check how well HEIs in England and Northern Ireland make sure the education they provide is of a high quality and the correct academic standard.Covers both on-campus provision and programmes delivered at partners.
17 Stage 3: Publication of Review Report Higher Education ReviewStage 1: Desk-based review of documentation submitted by provider and its studentsStage 2: Visit to the provider to meet staff and students, investigate themes further and form conclusionsStage 3: Publication of Review Report
18 Higher Education Review Risk-based approach:Time between reviews varies depending on past track record (4 or 6 year interval)Size of review team varies according to scale of provision (minimum 2 reviewers, maximum 6; to include at least 1 academic staff reviewer and 1 student reviewer)Duration of visit varies – between 1 and 5 days
19 Review Judgements Judgements are made on how each HEI: sets and maintains threshold academic standardsmanages the quality of students' learning opportunitiesenhances its educational provisionmanages the quality of its public information
20 Higher Education Review – Enhancement Themes 2013-15 Student Involvement in Quality Assurance and Enhancement.Student Employability.
21 Staffordshire University’s next Review by the QAA is due in 2016-17
22 Review of Overseas Provision – conducted on a country by country basis Other QAA ReviewsReview of Overseas Provision – conducted on a country by country basis2012: China2011: Singapore2010: Malaysia2009: India2008: Cyprus2007: Hong Kong
23 Mapping of the Quality Code at Staffordshire University
24 The University’s approach to Quality Assurance and Enhancement involves taking deliberate steps to bring about continuous improvement in the learning environment in a context of a culture of reflection. This leads to innovation and change in the quality of student learning opportunities and experience. The university will ensure that quality assurance processes are fit for purpose, enhancement-led and that continuous improvements will be fostered and supported.Staffordshire University, Academic Strategy
25 Quality Code Mapping – Priority Areas 2013-14 B5: Student engagementB6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learningB7: External examiningB10: Managing higher education provision with othersB11: Research degreesPart C: Information
26 Quality Code MappingStaffordshire University’s Quality Committee is overseeing the mapping process.Quality Committee is establishing Working Groups to support it in this task.
27 Quality Code Mapping - Considerations Where are we now?Are any changes required to ensure compliance with the Expectations and Indicators outlined in the UK Quality Code?How will any changes affect on-campus provision/partners?Timescales for changes.Examples of good practice.
28 Mapping of Chapters – some initial findings Requirement to undertake periodic due diligence on all partners – not just at the beginning of the relationship (B10)Introduction of annual review of partner publicity material (B10 and Part C)Revisiting role descriptors for University Programme Advisors, Partnership Managers etc. (B10)
29 Mapping of Chapters – some initial findings Revising collaborative agreement template (B10)Reviewing External Examiner Report form (B7)Ensuring the Student Voice is heard and that students are represented on all educational committees (B5)
30 Communicating Progress to Partners The Quality Enhancement Service will work with the Partnerships Office and Partnership Managers to keep our partners updated on developments.Please let your Partnership Manager know if you have any comments/queries.