Quality Framework

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The high quality of Strathclyde’s degree programmes is assured through our approach to the management of quality enhancement, monitoring and review. This is expressed through the University’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines on learning, teaching and assessment and through the quality of its academic and administrative staff. The approach builds on a wide range of activity, outlined below. Further information for staff is provided on the Education Portal.

1. Adherence to the QAA Quality Code and current legislation

2. Annual monitoring arrangements and review activity, which provides important opportunities for assessing if opportunities for quality enhancement are being developed and that the quality assurance arrangements are sufficiently robust and consistent. The approach incorporates:

  • Annual Faculty Reports
  • Course & Class Review
  • Monitoring of student progression and retention

3. Review activity, including:

  • Internal faculty, department and school reviews
  • External accreditations and Professional & Statutory Bodies
  • Review of collaborative activity

4. Setting and maintaining academic standards, through:

  • Course and class approval
  • Management of assessment
  • External examining

5. Student involvement: The University places central emphasis on the student voice and has worked closely with University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) to ensure that the student body is given the opportunity to influence developments of relevance to students. Students are represented in all of the University’s main strategic committees, with the exception of the Staff Committee, and the USSA President is a member of the University Court and the Court Business Group. The USSA President and Vice-President attend meetings of the University Senate, to present papers and engage in debates. Students also play a central role on all faculty, department and school reviews. More generally, student-staff committees encourage student representatives to raise issues of concern at class and course level and students can present ideas or proposals for new developments for consideration by their faculty, department or school.