3.1: Validation and Re-Validation
The Quality Code for validation and revalidation describes how we set and maintain appropriate academic standards for our courses and make available learning opportunities which enable the intended learning outcomes to be achieved. This includes an end of cycle review enabling reflection on the learning opportunities students have experienced, the academic standards achieved, and their continuing currency and relevance. There is also an opportunity to consider and take action on feedback from students and other stakeholders as re-validation of the course is due.
Our approach to validation, monitoring and review (contained in sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5) is to separate each process whilst also establishing their inter-relationship and co-dependency. This reinforces a distinction between activities which focus on the course as the unit of review, the subject and the location of delivery.
3.2 Annual Monitoring, Review and Enhancement
The Quality Code for Annual Monitoring, Review and Enhancement provides a flexible framework within which our university continuously monitors the academic standards of our awards and the quality of learning opportunities in order to:
- maintain threshold standards
- evaluate course performance and feedback to deliver enhancements to the quality of the learning opportunities
- provide evidence for cyclical monitoring and review of academic provision
- provide assurance to Academic Board and its committees that activities are being conducted consistently and effectively
3.3 Engagement and Partnership with Students
This Quality Code explains our University's approach to working in partnership with our students and their involvement and engagement in quality systems and processes for the improvement of our students' educational experience.
These regulations sit alongside our Student Charter, Working Together For Success (see section 4.4,) which outlines Leeds Beckett University and our Students’ Union commitment to working in partnership with our students.
3.4: Appointment and Role of External Examiners and Advisers
This Quality Code sets out our policy on external examining, the duties and powers of our External Examiners, our processes for appointing them and their annual reporting obligation to us.
External examining is a key component of our University’s quality assurance framework. It provides assurance that the academic standards of our awards are appropriate in light of UK reference points, that the performance of our students is comparable to that on similar courses elsewhere, and that students are treated equitably in assessment.
3.5: Collaborations and Partnerships
This Quality Code sets out our general provisions on the approval, monitoring and review of collaborations and partnerships and the duties, roles and responsibilities of our University and collaborative partner stakeholders.
The fundamental principle underpinning all arrangements for delivering learning opportunities with others is that the degree-awarding body ultimately, has responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities, regardless of where these opportunities are delivered and who provides them.
3.6: Academic Audit
This Quality Code explains how academic audit provides institutional oversight of the implementation of our university regulations, policy and processes relating to academic standards and quality. Academic Audit provides assurance for our University that:
- the delegated responsibilities for academic standards, quality assurance and enhancement of academic provision are being properly discharged; and
- continuous improvement and systematic quality enhancement are promoted through the identification and dissemination of good practice.