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Welcome to the Academic Quality Unit

June 2021 Covid 19 update: All AQU staff are continuing to follow Government guidance to work from home and will respond to emails as soon as possible.  We have set up a generic email AcademicQualityTeam@worc.ac.uk which is monitored by members of the AQU team.  If you don't receive an initial reply to your email within two working days, please forward your request to the above email address.  

Course Handbook guidance for Summer updates is currently being finalised and will be circulated to Quality Administrators by late June 2021.

AER templates for 2020/21 reports will be made available by late June 2021.

Course and Module Leaders - if you are unsure where to find the templates or guidance you need, or require Word versions of programme specifications to update, please contact us for advice.

Please note, the term "Quality Assurance Handbook" referred to in some documents refers to the UW and AQU policies, procedures and guidance found on these webpages.

The role of the Academic Quality Unit is to develop and manage the quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms of the University, including course planning and approval, periodic review and annual evaluation processes, the approval and review of partnership organisations, the appointment of and provision of information for external examiners and the servicing of Academic Board subcommittees related to quality and collaborative programmes. The Unit also aims to promote staff understanding of associated ideology, procedures, processes and systems, including providing support and guidance related to collaborative provision and information and training related to quality assurance and enhancement activities.

The Academic Quality Unit are:

Jennifer Zandbeek - Head of Academic Quality
Management of reviews and approvals, ASQEC Secretary, CAPSC representative

Susanne Wilson – Deputy Head of Academic Quality (Collaborative)
Partnership approvals and reviews, international partnerships, supporting partners, CAPSC Secretary

Nicola Rawlings - Senior Quality Officer (Apprenticeships)
Apprenticeship approvals and reviews, Apprenticeship Programmes Sub-committee Secretary

Teresa Nahajski - Senior Quality Officer
Approvals/re-approvals and Periodic Review schedule, Course database, uploading of Programme Specifications, AQU webpages, ASQEC minutes

Jenny Marsh - Quality Officer
Approvals and reviews, AQU Officer for College of Business, Psychology and Sport LTQE, CAPSC minutes, Strategic Planning & Quality Reviews

Sarah Potter - Quality Officer
Approvals and reviews, AQU Officer for College of Arts, Humanities and Education LTQE, TLI JMB

Sara Gibbon - Quality Officer
Approvals and reviews, AQU Officer for College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences, Academic Planning and Portfolio Group Secretary

Margaret Chaffey - Quality Officer (External Examiners)
External Examiner Liaison, hotel booking for external examiners' visits, staff development admin

Charlotte Taylor - Quality Administrator (AQU and DQED)
Joint honours database, Registered Lecturers' database, PSRB register, hotel booking for external panel members, staff development admin

Useful Links

Temporary Change Forms for 2021/22 - see Appendix 21 on Course Approvals page

Annual evaluation information for 2020/21 - available late June 2021

Latest updates:
- Module Specification Template (updated May 2021 with new L&T information)
- Progress Weeks Policy
- Assessment Criteria Guidance
- Generic Grade Descriptors
- Student: Staff Liaison Committee Policy

For APPG templates, please contact Sara Gibbon in AQU for the latest forms and dates.

Course handbook guidance for 2021/22 - for new courses starting in September 2021
Updated guidance for 2021/22 courses will be circulated early June for Summer updates

Programme specification templates for new courses starting in September 2021

Course approval process for new courses 

Latest Documents