Quality Assurance Agency UK Quality Code for Higher Education

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) sets out the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. This replaced the previous Academic Infrastructure from the 2012-13 academic year.

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The Quality Code

The Quality Code provides a set of nationally agreed expectations that all UK Higher Education providers are required to meet. It informs the learning and teaching activities of HEIs, from foundation level to postgraduate research degrees.

The QAA works with the Higher Education sector to develop, maintain and update the Quality Code.

Higher Education providers apply the Quality Code in designing and delivering their programmes of study.

Who is the Quality Code for?

The Quality Code will be of most importance to those staff who are involved in setting and maintaining academic standards and quality enhancement. As the Quality Code informs Kent's Code of Practice, the majority of staff are not expected to have detailed knowledge of the Quality Code, however it is important that staff are aware of its existence and that Kent's policies and procedures are informed by it.

Will the Code change?

The QAA will review and update individual Chapters in the future, as the need arises.

What the University has done

Kent has responded to the Quality Code in two key ways.

The relevant Annex(es) of the Kent Code of Practice were reviewed against each Chapter to identify where the Code of Practice already met the Chapter’s Expectation and Indicators, and where there were areas for enhancement. Each review was reported to the Learning and Teaching Board and appropriate recommendations and actions were agreed.

The Academic Audit Committee (AAC), chaired by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, considered each published Chapter in relation to the remit of the AAC and commissioned an internal thematic audit, where it was considered appropriate. Such audits review a Chapter against Kent’s current policies and procedures, formally reporting on areas of good practice and where there are areas for enhancement. Each audit team is made up of academic staff, a student representative, a secretary drawn from professional services staff and an external member, who acts as Chair. An audit report is written and actions are agreed.

Further Information

If you would like further information about the Quality Code please contact the Quality Assurance Office on qaco@kent.ac.uk

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Last Updated: 06/04/2021