Academic Quality and Policy Office

About the team

The Academic Quality and Policy Office (AQPO) is responsible for a broad range of activities around academic quality assurance and enhancement, education regulatory and policy development and student engagement, building on good practice and informed by the wider HE sector. AQPO aim to provide a professional and expert service for all staff, for the benefit of the University’s students by:  

  • supporting the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University Academic Directors, Faculty Education Directors and committees in education development;  
  • ensuring that discussion of educational initiatives and issues, including policy, is conducted, and major decisions are taken, by the academic community working through the committee system;
  • working with staff and students to support the implementation of the University's quality assurance and enhancement processes;
  • keeping abreast of relevant national and institutional developments to inform good practice within the University and coordinating University responses to external consultations;
  • providing clear information and helpful advice and bringing professional expertise around internal and external policy.

The University regards quality assurance and quality enhancement as two aspects of the same process and practices an explicitly academic-led quality management and enhancement approach reflecting the centrality of active engagement by the academic community, which includes students, in all our processes.  

AQPO is currently led by the Academic Quality Managers, who in turn lead teams responsible for specific areas, although the teams also work together to support the University’s quality agenda. The sub teams within AQPO are:

  • Curriculum Approval and Development team
  • Quality Framework and Partnerships team
  • Student Experience and Enhacement team

AQPO contact information.