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Educational and Student Policy

 

On this page you will find further information about requirements the University must meet which are set by External bodies.  This includes accreditation standards and thresholds, and national requirements set by the Quality Assurance Agency, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the Higher Education Academy. 


Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs)

Faculties and departments may have links with the professional and/or statutory body for their subject area, for example: the General Medical Council (GMC) or Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Reports produced after visits from PSRBs produce useful feedback about teaching, learning and assessment should be acted upon in the manner specified by the PSRB. Faculties and departments should ensure that they have effective mechanisms for doing so that they keep abreast of any new requirements of the PSRB introduced between visits.

It is standard practice for PSRB reports to be received and reviewed by the General Board's Education Committee, alongside the faculty or department's written response to the report.

Please send reports and responses to Jane Clare (jane.clare@admin.cam.ac.uk) at Educational and Student Policy as soon as they are available.

Educational and Student Policy Officers are happy to provide support to faculties and departments at any stage of the accreditation process; please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.


External reference points for design and review of programmes and courses

 

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

QAA reference points

The QAA has produced a set of reference points, consisting of:

When considering the University's management of quality and standards the QAA will draw upon these reference points. In so doing, the review team will not be seeking evidence of compliance, but rather for evidence that the University has considered the purpose of the reference points, has reflected on its own practices in the relevant areas, and has taken, or is taking, any necessary steps to ensure that appropriate changes are being introduced.

With respect to Subject Benchmark Statements and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, the University needs to bear in mind that the awards offered must be at the appropriate level. The General Board's Educational and Student Policy Section will check that this is the case for all new course proposals or revisions, and General Board reviews will also take the Framework into consideration.

QAA  Review of Higher Education Providers  

The QAA provides an integrated quality assurance service for UK higher education. Its mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to inform and encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education.

To this end, QAA carries out reviews of all higher education institutions in the UK. It is an evidence-based peer review process and forms part of the UK Quality Assurance Framework. Higher Education review encourages institutions to be self-evaluative, and is therefore a process that, in itself, offers opportunities for enhancement of institutional management of standards and quality.

QAA IRENI 2013

The most recent review of the University took place in March 2013. Copies of the report can be downloaded from the QAA's website. The University's Action Plan produced in response to the Review team's recommendations can be downloaded here. The University has since published its Progress Report on its Action Plan. It can be downloaded here.


Higher Education Academy (HEA)

The HEA is an independent organisation funded largely by the UK Funding Councils and subscriptions from higher education institutions, and aims to support institutions in enhancing learning and improving the quality of teaching and the student learning experience.

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/