University of dundee quality assurance

University of dundee quality assurance

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The University’s Quality Assurance Infrastructure describes in detail the main policies, procedures and guidance relating to quality assurance and academic standards.


The policies and processes described within the QAI aim to:

  • support regular reflective practice on the part of staff, teaching teams and academic managers
  • promote active involvement of students and their representatives
  • support a culture of continuous improvement and enhancement
  • encompass the requirements of professional, statutory and regulatory bodies where appropriate
  • facilitate communication of needs and priorities both from the ‘bottom up’ and the ‘top down’
  • connect strategic and operational planning at the level of the University, Colleges, Schools and Student and Academic Support Services Directorates to the planning and delivery of academic programmes.

University of dundee quality assurance

Implementation of the QAI

The implementation of the QAI is managed at School and College level.  School or College websites should be consulted as appropriate.

The formal mechanism for discussion of matters relating to quality assurance is the Learning and Teaching Committee and Senate (remits, agendas and minutes are available via the Senate Home Page.  The Quality Forum acts as an advisory group to the Learning and Teaching Committee on quality enhancement and assurance matters.

Policy Status of the QAI

Other than documents clearly labelled ‘guidance’ or ‘guidenote’, the papers and website information that make up the QAI as published on the QEF website constitute formal University Policy and Procedure.  Further details are described on the The Policy Status of the QAI page.

Specific queries about implementation of any of the sections of the QAI should be directed to the Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Lesley McLellan  (Ext 84258).

Quality Framework for Teaching Collaborations

Collaborative practice, both internally (between Schools and disciplines) and with external providers, can provide invaluable opportunities for the enhancement and enrichment of students’ learning experiences.  The development and delivery of collaborative programmes require careful consideration and oversight to ensure that:

  • there is appropriate oversight of academic standards and the quality of the student learning experience;
  • the expectations of students are met; and
  • responsibilities are appropriately allocated.

University of dundee quality assurance

The document Quality Framework for Teaching Collaborations is in place to provide a framework to enable programme developers and Schools to consider, develop and maintain high quality collaborations in learning and teaching which enhance student learning opportunities.

The scope of the Quality Framework for Teaching Collaborations covers international teaching collaborations, UK teaching collaborations and inter- and intra-School teaching collaborations.  The scope of the Framework also includes research degrees and student placements and exchanges.

The Quality Framework for Teaching Collaborations represents University policy on each of the described areas.  It is also supported by certain specific University policies on collaborative taught provision (e.g. for joint, double/multiple or dual awards, student placements and articulation arrangements, see below) and the toolkit for international collaborations provided by the University’s Educational Partnerships Development Unit (EPDU).

Policy and Guidance on Taught Joint, Double/Multiple or Dual Qualifications

Policy and Guidance on Articulation Arrangements (International)

Student Placement Policy