Teaching Quality Assurance Manual

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The Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA Manual) is a resource for staff and students containing the processes which underpin the quality of learning and teaching at the University of Exeter.

The Ordinances of the University are made by Council to amplify the meaning of the Statutes which sit above them. The Codes of Practice and Procedures in the TQA Manual contain principles and standards designed to control or govern conduct, or provide direction at a more detailed level than Ordinances.

The TQA Manual is made up of a number of types of documents:

Some content is gathered in Handbooks and in some instances the Handbook introductions specify the level of regulatory requirement set out in them, otherwise the content of Handbooks is divided up into Procedures and Codes of Good Practice.

Procedures and frameworks require Colleges and Partner Institutions to follow specific processes approved by the University.

Codes of Good Practice set a minimum standard, it is expected that they should be observed unless the College concerned can demonstrate processes that exceed the criteria detailed in the Codes.

Guidance and advice is commended to users to assist in the enhancement of the student learning experience.

The TQA Manual is maintained by the Governance, Compliance and Risk Office with the authority of Council, any changes to the TQA Manual are approved by the DVC (Education) on the recommendation of the relevant Faculty Board(s) ie. the Board of the Faculty of Taught Programmes and/or the Doctoral College Management Group incorporating the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research. Instances of exceptions to the requirements set out in this Manual, such as to meet Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) stipulations, must be approved by the relevant Dean of Faculty. This Manual is not a static printed document; it is subject to change as policies are revised or guidance is updated. The TQA Manual is reviewed each summer and re-issued and date-stamped for the following academic year to ensure that staff and students can be confident that all information contained in it is current.

Please note that where reference is made to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of College in this document, unless otherwise specified, they may delegate their authority as appropriate to the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Associate Dean (Education), the Associate Dean (International and Development) or the Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer)/College Director of PGR students as relevant. Where reference is made to the Dean of Faculty in this document, unless otherwise specified, this may refer to the Academic Dean for Students, Associate Academic Dean for Students or Dean of Postgraduate Research.

No further delegation of authority may occur unless explicitly specified.

For a list of changes to policies and procedures as approved at both Taught Programmes Faculty Board and Management Group of the Doctoral College incorporating the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research in 2019/20 please see Taught Faculty Boards Outcomes Summary 2019-20 and Management Group Outcomes Summary 2019-20.

A list of acronyms has been drawn up to assist you. Please direct any queries or corrections to FacultyOffice@exeter.ac.uk

Academic Partnerships Handbook

Document relating to new and existing partnerships

Approval and Revision of Taught Modules and Programmes Handbook

Document relating to the structure for all modules and programmes leading to of taught awards and Professional Doctorates

Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook

Documents relating to the approval and amendment of Taught programmes

Credit and Qualifications Framework

Documents relating to the structure for all modules and programmes leading to of taught awards and Professional Doctorates

Learning and Teaching Support Handbook

Documents relating to the good practice of learning and teaching support.

Postgraduate Research Handbook

Documents relating to postgraduate research.


Quality Review Framework

Documents relating to the quality assurance responsibilites for learning and teaching.


Student Cases Handbook

Student Cases Handbook

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