Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

External reference points

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 definitive 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. The Quality Code is the key point of reference for QAA reviewers undertaking Higher Education Review (previously Institutional Review).

The University of Sussex was subject to Institutional Review in March 2013. In the four areas where judgements were made about standards and quality, the University was deemed to meet UK expectations. The full report was published in June 2013. For further information please visit the page on Institutional Review.

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

The Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a national and independent organisation whose mission is ‘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 the HEA’s 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 is currently reviewing its HEA accredited Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

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