Academic Quality Handbook 2020-21

The chapters refer to a number of policy documents, best practice guidelines and appendices – these will be published as soon as they are finalised.  Please email the Academic Office ( if you have any queries.

Please note that the Student Guides have been replaced by the Academic Quality Handbook, Policies and Guidance Documents available on this page.


Contents pages (currently being updated)
Chapter 01 Institutional Context (Pages 1-2)
Chapter 02 Academic Committee Structure (Pages 3-15)
Chapter 03 The University's Academic Structure (Pages 16-18)
Chapter 04 Programme Design Approval Validation Monitoring and Review (Pages 19-29) UPDATED 01 2021
Chapter 05 Student Representation Engagement and Support (Pages 30-35)

Chapter 06 Taught Award Regulations (Pages 36-70) UPDATED 03-2021

Chapter 07 Assessment Taught Programmes (Pages 71-78) 

Chapter 08 Research Degree Regulations (Pages 79-108)

Chapter 09 Procedural Framework for Collaborative Provision (Pages 109-121)
Chapter 10 Accreditation of External Courses (COMING SOON)
Chapter 11 Working With Others (Pages 224-227) 

Chapter 12 Quality Enhancement (Pages TBC)
Chapter 13 Student Cases (Pages TBC)

Revisions to Academic Quality Handbook 2020/21 post publication in September 2020

The Academic Office will make revisions to the electronic version of the Academic Quality Handbook on an ongoing basis in order to address any additions, errors or omissions.

  • A list of revisions will be published here and links to the chapters concerned will be designated as UPDATED.
  • Colleagues will also be advised separately of any significant revisions that may have implications for regulations or procedures.
  • The electronic version will be regarded as the authoritative document.‌‌‌ 

Revisions to Academic Quality Handbook 2020/21 post publication in September 2020

4 4.6.9 Removal of reference to External Programme Reviewer 21.01.2021
6 6.3.2(12) Correction of credits for PGCE Primary/Secondary with QTS from 80 at Level 6/40 at Level 7 to 60 at Level 6/60 at Level 7 26.03.2021
6 Correction of same error as above in relation to the credits for PGCE Primary/Secondary 26.03.2021

Please contact the Academic Office ( if you have any queries.