The Academic Standards framework aims to address and facilitate actions from the Education & Student Strategy and further reinforce the assurance that the College is effectively managing academic standards.

June 2014

In June 2014 the quality assurance and enhancement committee (QAEC) discussed the commitment under the education and student strategy to ensure the efficient and streamlined governance of Education.

Read the Academic standards framework proposal (June 2014) [pdf]

Following consideration at Senate it was agreed that under the auspices of QAEC the Vice Provost (Education) and the Academic Registrar would work with faculties and departments to develop an academic standards framework. This consultation took place during the autumn term of 2014.

Read the Departmental briefing note [pdf]

February 2015

In February 2015 Senate subsequently agreed to the establishment of a steering group to oversee the development of the academic standards framework, ensuring it's alignment with the student information management project and to lead the College's preparations for Higher Education Review in 2016/17.

Read the Academic standards framework consultation (February 2015) [pdf]

October 2015

In October 2015 Senate endorsed the initial work of the Steering group to establish Faculty Education Committees to bring together the responsibilities currently devolved to the Faculty Studies Committees, Faculty Teaching Committees and Master's Quality Committees. A Programmes Committee, reporting to the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee would have responsibility for the approval of new programmes and major modifications to existing programmes. 

Senate further endorsed the steering groups commitment to establish a single set of regulations for all taught programmes to replace the current general, academic and examination regulations for undergraduate and Master's level awards. 

Read the Senate report from the steering group (October 2015) [pdf]

December 2015

In December 2015 Senate approved the revised governance structure with effect from January 2016. Faculty Education Committees were formally established for each of the four faculties as well as for the School of Professional Development. A number of transitional governance arrangements were also agreed for the academic year 2015/16.

In addition Senate noted that the Steering Group had established two 'task and finish' group to consider issues related to Assessments and Complaints and Appeals respectively.

Read the Senate report from the steering group (December 2015) [pdf]