Academic Quality & Standards Unit (AQSU)
Meet the Team
The AQSU Team
Senior Assistant Registrar, Quality and Standards
Responsible to the Academic Registrar for the management and development of quality assurance and quality enhancement within the University, providing advice to senior management and working closely with academic and administrative colleagues, and supporting the embedding of best practice. Having a key role in respect of the work of the Standards and Quality Committee, including reviewing and updating the Academic Quality Handbook, working with senior academic colleagues. Working closely with Schools, to ensure that professional accreditation of all professional programmes offered by the University is maintained effectively. A key contact for the Student Guild, particularly with regard to student representation. Responsible for annual reporting on external examining and annual monitoring of programmes. Secretary/Clerk to Standards and Quality Committee (SQC).
Telephone: +44(0)1978 293104
Melanie Smith & Jayne Storer - Senior Quality Officers
The Senior Quality Officer is responsible for ensuring that all validation, programme periodic review, collaborative approval and internal academic audit procedures relating to taught programmes are understood and implemented throughout the University. The Senior Quality Officers report to the Senior Assistant Registrar: Quality & Standards, who has overall responsibility for academic quality assurance and enhancement functions. The Senior Quality Officers work closely with the Senior Assistant Registrar: Quality & Standards to organise and support pre-validation, programme periodic review and validation events, collaborative partner and delivery approval events, and internal academic audit, and to provide information and guidance regarding these procedures. They work closely with the Chairs of committees and panels, and with academic colleagues. The Senior Quality Officers are supported in their work by, and provides guidance to, a Quality Officer.
Telephone: 01978 293404
Telephone: 01978 293384
Carolyn O'Leary - Quality Officer
The Quality Officer works with the Senior Quality Officers to organise and support all validation, programme periodic review, collaborative approval and internal academic audit procedures relating to taught programmes throughout the University. The Quality Officer reports to the Senior Assistant Registrar: Quality & Standards, who has overall responsibility for academic quality assurance and enhancement functions, but provides support for and is guided by the Senior Quality Officers. The Quality Officer works closely with the Senior Quality Officers and the Senior Assistant Registrar: Quality & Standards to organise and support pre-validation, programme periodic review and validation events, collaborative partner and delivery approval events, and internal academic audit, and to provide information and guidance regarding these procedures. She works closely with the Chairs of committees and panels, and with academic colleagues. Secretary/Clerk to Academic Programmes Sub-Committee, managing minor/major modifications, Recognition of Prior Learning claims, and PSRB reports.
Telephone: +44(0)1978 293062
Academic Quality Handbook
The Academic Quality Handbook that outlines the processes for six areas of Quality and Standards within the University. These include:
- The Validation and Programme Periodic Review process,
- The processes surrounding Collaborative Provision,
- The Annual Monitoring process,
- The processes surrounding the approval from Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies,
- The Recognition of Prior Learning process
- The processes surrounding External Examining
Where appropriate, chapters included in the Academic Quality Handbook have been mapped against the QAA Quality Code Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality which can be found here.
Programme teams should consult with the Senior Quality Officer throughout the validation process.
Stages of validation / deadlines for 2017-18 validation process
Stage 1 IPPF approval / appointment of External Assessor - by 30.06.17
Stage 2 Generation of validation documentation / appointment of validation panel
Stage 3 Pre validation checks / final confirmation of panel event arrangements
Stage 4 Confirmation of validation panel outcomes / programme revisions to meet panel conditions
Stage 5 Final review of documentation, panel approval recommendation / Academic Board approval
Stage 6 Publication of final documentation - by 31.12.17
Major or minor changes to programmes are considered by Academic Programmes Sub-Committee (APSC). APSC is made up of academic staff from each of the three schools and meets regularly to review and approve recommendations for changes to programmes, including the approval of new standalone modules.
Major changes to programmes include:
Changes to module learning and teaching strategies
Changes to module learning outcomes
Changes to module assessment strategies
Revisions to programme aims and learning outcomes
Changes to programme structure, including module deletion and/or the introduction of existing modules from other programmes, or new modules
Changes to criteria for admission and progression
Changes to mode of delivery
Minor changes to programmes include:
Changes to module pre- and co-requisites
Changes to sequencing
Changes to programme management arrangements e.g. changes to module or programme leadership
Annual programme monitoring (AMR) is a key element of Glyndŵr University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement. It is designed to provide assurance regarding the quality and standards of academic programmes, including any associated standalone modules, to provide opportunities for the sharing of good practice, and to identify areas for enhancement.
Definitive list and specs
Programme / module leaders should ensure that they are using the correct version of the programme and module specification.
If you have any queries, or require the word version of a specification for editing please contact AQSU.
The Collaborative Partnerships Officer deals with contracts, finance and provides support in the development of new partner relationships and existing relationship management. The Collaborative Partnerships Officer and Student Data Services (SDS) will liaise with partner staff to ensure that the enrolment and induction of students on collaborative programmes takes place. Subsequent details of any change in student status are to be directly communicated to the University’s Student Programmes Centre (SPC) at the University. The Collaborative Partnerships Officer will also conduct induction sessions for staff and students at partner organisations on administrative and operational processes and procedures and remains in close contact with WGU Academic Link Tutors.
For further information please contact the Collaborative Partnerships Officer 01978 293006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senior Assistant Registrar, Partnerships and Quality, within Academic Registry, acts as the first point of contact for partner staff in relation to quality assurance policies, procedures and regulations in relation to external partnership arrangements. The Senior Assistant Registrar, Partnerships and Quality, will provide guidance, facilitation and support on quality assurance and due diligence matters, ensuring that the partnership is both established and managed within the QAA UK Quality Code and the University’s own policies.
The Senior Assistant Registrar, Quality and Standards, is responsible to the Academic Registrar for the management and development of quality assurance and quality enhancement within the University, providing advice to senior management and working closely with academic and administrative colleagues, and supporting the embedding of best practice. The Senior Assistant Registrar, Quality and Standards is secretary and clerk to the Learning and Teaching Quality Committee (LTQC).
For further information refer to the Academic Quality and Standards Unit - Academic Quality Handbook Section
For further useful information regarding key contacts, regulations, policies and procedures, please refer to the Partner Staff Guide
Also refer to Forms on the top ribbon, Academic Registry, then Collaborative Provision
Broadly, Recognition of Prior Learning is defined as recognition of previous learning. Students may have acquired this learning by attending formal programmes of study (RPL) or through work and self-directed learning (RPEL).
The Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning is defined as the recognition of a previously awarded formal certificate, diploma or degree as equivalent to one or more module(s) on a programme of study.
The Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning is defined as the process by which un-certificated learning is deemed to be appropriate to one or more module(s) on a programme of study in terms of relevance, scope and level and, therefore, is given academic recognition and permits exemption from study.
- Advanced Standing
A student is said to enter a programme with advanced standing if they are granted exemption from credit for previous learning via RPL, in order to progress between awards or to enter a particular level of a programme, e.g. from a Foundation degree to a specific “top-up” degree. Advanced Standing is normally associated with arrangements which have been agreed at validation, or by the Academic Programmes Sub-Committee.
It is usual for students to contact the relevant programme team in the first instance in order to gain information relevant to their particular circumstances.
Please contact email@example.com for assistance with this process.
Useful Links and Info
Prog handbook templates
Programme Leaders - please submit completed programme handbooks to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 11th September 2017.