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Quality Advancement Reviews Policy

Category Administration and Management
Type Policy
Approved by Council, 13 June 1995
Date Policy Took Effect 1 July 1995
Last Approved Revision 12 August 2014
Sponsor Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Responsible Officer Director, University Quality Advancement
Review Date 12 August 2019


The primary purpose of quality assurance is to review and to effect improvement in the University’s teaching, research and out-reach activities. To achieve this, a rolling programme of formal reviews has been instituted, building on the sequence of reviews begun in 1992.

The purpose of this Policy is define the principles which underpin the University’s formal reviews process.

Organisational Scope

This Policy applies University-wide.


(a) In the context of this Policy, Review will involve reviews of teaching and research programmes, as well as of the University’s policies and systems for assuring quality. Some reviews may be of a Division, Faculty, Centre or other administrative unit. Some may concern the entire University.

(b) Each aspect of the University's operations will be reviewed at least once every 10 years on a non-negotiable no exceptions basis, with earlier interim and targeted reviews being undertaken as appropriate and the process initiated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or upon the request of a particular group.

(c) Before a review begins, a budget will be determined, staff will receive training in the preparation of reviews, and access to useful sources of information and administrative support will be provided.

(d) The starting point for any review is the preparation of self-review materials.

(e) Each review will be in the form of a peer assessment by a panel comprising University staff as well as colleagues external to the University and members of relevant employer groups and professional bodies.

(f) Each such panel will conduct its inquiries on-campus and submit a written report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), who will discuss any recommendations with the Vice-Chancellor.

(g) The University will give serious consideration to a panel’s recommendations, implementing all those within its discretion and resources.

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