Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

External reference points

The Office for Students 

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of Higher Education in England. The OfS works in the interest of students to ensure they are supported to access and suceed in higher education, receive a high quality educational experience that offers value for money. As part of their work, the OfS manages the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and commissions the National Student Survey (NSS). 

You can find out more about the work of the OfS by visiting the OfS website.

The Quality Assurance Agency

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) is a key document which set out the expectations of all providers of UK higher education.  It has been developed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in consultation with the higher education sector. The Quality Code is maintained by the QAA and is available on their website.

The quality Code is intended to support UK higher education institutions by providing a point of reference for higher education providers to enable them to develop effective policies and systems for the maintenance and enhancement of quality and standards.

You can find out more about the work of the QAA by visiting the QAA website.

Advance HE

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is now part of Advance HE. The HEA is a national and independent organisation with a mission ‘to support individual staff, disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams, and higher education communities and institutions in general to enhance the quality and impact of learning and teaching’.

One of their priorities is to contribute to the professionalization of teaching through their recognition service. Professional recognition can be achieved by those who teach and support learning in higher education where they demonstrate that they meet a set of professional standards - the UK professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

There are two routes to professional recognition with the HEA. These are either through direct application or via successful completion of a course of institutional development which has been accredited by the HEA. The University's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is accredited by the HEA. You can find out more by visiting the ADQE pages of staff development, awards and recognition

You can find out about the many services and events the HEA offers by visiting the HEA website.