Sharing Good Practice in Quality. The New Quality Code and its Effect on Staffordshire University Processes and Practices Rebecca Penny, Director of Quality Enhancement and Standards To provide an overview of recent developments in UK HE Quality Assurance landscape: • • • • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education The UK Quality Code for Higher Education Higher Education Review Mapping of the Quality Code at Staffordshire University The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education • QAA’s mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education • The Agency works with higher education providers to develop reference points and guidance which are used by all providers • QAA conducts reviews and publishes reports detailing the findings of those reviews UK Quality Code for Higher Education 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 UK Quality Code for Higher Education Part A • Setting and maintaining academic standards Part B • Assuring and enhancing academic quality Part C • Information about higher education provision Indicators • of ‘sound practice’ • Replace precepts Expectations: Things higher education providers expect of each other and which the general public can expect of all higher education providers All students are treated fairly, equitably and as individuals. Students have the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of their learning experience. Staff are supported, enabling them in turn to support students' learning experiences. Sufficient and appropriate external involvement exists for the maintenance of academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities. All policies and processes are regularly and effectively monitored, reviewed and improved. Overarching values Strategic oversight of academic standards and academic quality is at the highest level of academic governance of the provider. Students are properly and actively informed at appropriate times of matters relevant to their programmes of study. All policies and processes relating to study and programmes are clear and transparent. Chapters of the Quality Code General introduction Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards Part C: Information about higher education provision Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality B1: Programme design and approval B2: Recruitment and admission to higher education B3: Learning and teaching B4: Enabling student development and achievement B5: Student engagement B6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learning B7: External examining B8: Programme monitoring and review B9: Academic appeals and student complaints B10: Managing higher education provision with others B11: Research degrees The Quality Code Jigsaw Oct 2011 Chapter B7: External examining Mar 2012 Part C: Information about higher education provision Jun 2012 Chapter B11: Research degrees Chapter B5: Student engagement Sep 2012 Chapter B3: Learning and teaching Dec 2012 Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with others Mar 2013 Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement Apr 2013 Chapter B9: Academic appeals and student complaints Oct 2013 Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards Chapter B1: Programme design and approval Chapter B2: Recruitment and admission to higher education Chapter B6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learning Chapter B8: Programme monitoring and review 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. 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. 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 are delivered or who provides them. Arrangements for delivering learning opportunities with organisations other than the degree-awarding body are implemented securely and managed effectively. UK Quality Code is available at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AssuringStandardsAndQuality /quality-code/Pages/default.aspx Higher Education Review Higher Education Review Method used by QAA from 2013-14 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. Higher Education Review Stage 1: Desk-based review of documentation submitted by provider and its students Stage 2: Visit to the provider to meet staff and students, investigate themes further and form conclusions Stage 3: Publication of Review Report 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 Review Judgements Judgements are made on how each HEI: • sets and maintains threshold academic standards • manages the quality of students' learning opportunities • enhances its educational provision • manages the quality of its public information Higher Education Review – Enhancement Themes 2013-15 • Student Involvement in Quality Assurance and Enhancement. • Student Employability. Staffordshire University’s next Review by the QAA is due in 2016-17 Other QAA Reviews Review of Overseas Provision – conducted on a country by country basis 2012: China 2011: Singapore 2010: Malaysia 2009: India 2008: Cyprus 2007: Hong Kong Mapping of the Quality Code at Staffordshire University 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 Quality Code Mapping – Priority Areas 2013-14 • B5: Student engagement • B6: Assessment of students and recognition of prior learning • B7: External examining • B10: Managing higher education provision with others • B11: Research degrees • Part C: Information Quality Code Mapping • Staffordshire University’s Quality Committee is overseeing the mapping process. • Quality Committee is establishing Working Groups to support it in this task. 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. 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) 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) 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. Questions?