Cranfield University Quality Assurance

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Cranfield University Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is underpinned by our Education and Research Strategies, our Knowledge Exploitation Strategy and is based on the University Charter and Statutes.

Cranfield seeks to provide its students with the best possible educational experience. We set and maintain high academic standards for teaching and learning across all our programmes, supported by robust quality assurance policies and procedures.


External examining forms


Annual reflective reviews of courses and periodic Senate reviews of Schools and focussed reviews are conducted for internal quality assurance of academic provision.

  • Annual reflective review
  • Senate reviews of Schools
  • Senate focused reviews

External validation is carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

  • View our latest report (2010) from the Quality Assurance Agency

Programme and course approval

Robust committee structures are used to:

  • set up new courses
  • set up academic partnerships
  • monitor and act upon student feedback from internal and external surveys
  • encourage student representation and participation
  • ensure high standards through use of
    • external examiners
    • industry links
    • leading-edge research
    • research-informed teaching

The assessment of all postgraduate courses of the University are subject to agreed qualitative criteria.

Student surveys

We are committed to providing a positive student experience and capture feedback through a number of mechanisms including internal and national student surveys, to enhance the quality of our provision.

Survey feedback is reported on an annual basis and reviewed by Teaching and Research Committees, Senior Management and Departments heads, to enable a process of continuous improvement of the student experience.

Alongside our internal Student Satisfaction and New Student Surveys, we capture the academic experience of our students through the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), both run by the Higher Education Academy.