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Education Quality and Policy Office


These pages are designed to:

  • offer guidance about the General Board's expectations and minimum requirements and how they can be met locally;
  • direct institutions to key internal and external quality assurance documents and procedures;
  • provide information on activities relevant to quality assurance and enhancement.

Purpose of the University's quality assurance procedures

The University's mission is "to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence". This reflects one of its core values, which is to provide quality and depth of provision across all subjects. The University's quality assurance procedures provide a framework within which its institutions can examine and enhance their education to enable them to achieve this aspiration of excellence.

The University is accountable for the quality and standards of its provision and is required to participate in the activities of bodies such as the Office for Students (OfS) and various Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (also called accrediting bodies). While consideration is given to the needs of such bodies, it is the General Board's policy that the University's quality assurance procedures should be appropriate primarily for its teaching, learning and assessment activities, rather than being driven by external quality regimes.

The University's procedures for assuring quality in teaching, learning and assessment are designed to reflect:

  • the University's mission
  • the complexity, diversity and federal structure of the University
  • the University's nature as a community of scholars
  • the conviction that academic staff and students are most effective in an environment that is supportive and participative rather than directive and managerial
  • the collegiate nature of the University
  • a proportionate approach to potential risk to learning and teaching provision and to assessment

Disseminating good practice

The dissemination of good practice is important for the enhancement of the University's learning and teaching provision. The General Board aims to facilitate the spread of good practice across teaching institutions, and to identify examples of good practice within the sector which might be useful within the University.

There is much good practice evident in the learning and teaching activities of University institutions. Good practice is disseminated through the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL).

Institutions are also encouraged to be enhancement-orientated, identifying and disseminating their own good practice which might be revealed in responses to course questionnaires, review reports or peer review.