This handbook provides a short guide to the procedures which the University's Teaching and Learning Committee and Senate have adopted for the validation and annual evaluation of courses, including those validated by external bodies, and for the review of teaching and research and of academic support services.  It is aimed at academic and administrative staff and those at collaborating institutions.

Users of the handbook who require further information on any point should consult the Assistant Registrar (Qauality Assurance and Awards) or staff within Registry in the first instance.

Please Note: This section contains both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the handbook. Please ensure you select the appropriate version.  

Quality Assurance Procedures for Taught Courses - August 2017 Edition

Download the Full Handbook August 2017

Quality Assurance Procedures for Taught Courses - August 2016 Edition

You can either download the Full Handbook August 2016 or select the relevant section from the list below.

2016 Section A - Committee structure, terms of reference and responsibilities

2016 Section B - Validation

2016 Section C - Guidelines for the validation of major with minor combinations

2016 Section D - The validation of distance learning proposals

2016 Section E - The validation of courses which lie outside the CATS framework

2016 Section F - Reviews of Schools, Reviews of Services, Quality Appraisals and Internal Quality Audits (IQAs)

2016 Section G - Subject Reviews and Revalidation

2016 Section H - Thematic Reviews

2016 Section I - Collaborative Provision

2016 Section J - The validation of joint awards

2016 Section K - Articulation arrangements

2016 Section L - Annual Evaluation

2016 Appendix A - Guidelines for the operation of School Boards

2016 Appendix B - Flow chart indicating validation of new courses

2016 Appendix C - Guidelines on the conduct of the revalidation subject review compliance exercise