The University of Southampton
Quality Handbook

Welcome to the Quality Handbook

This Quality Handbook draws together in a single location the policies and processes which constitute the University's Quality, Monitoring and Enhancement (QME) framework.

The QME Framework and University Regulations have been designed to enable the University to meet sector expectations as articulated in the Quality Assurance Agency's UK Quality Code for Higher Education. It is anticipated that the Quality Handbook will be of most interest to those members of the University’s academic and professional services staff with day-to-day involvement in quality assurance and enhancement procedures.

Policies in the Quality Handbook are mandatory for all areas of the University, unless there is an explicit opt out detailed within a particular policy. In some sections of the Quality Handbook, policies are supported by guidance documents. Whilst guidance does not carry the same mandatory status as policy, it is expected that guidance will usually be followed as it has been developed by and in support of University policy and contains examples of good practice.

Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) owns and maintains on behalf of Senate the University’s Quality Monitoring and Enhancement framework for taught and research degree programmes including all forms of collaborative provision in the UK and overseas. The Quality, Standards and Accreditation Team (QSAT) works closely with Faculties to provide advice and guidance and to support the implementation of University policies and processes across the institution. QSAT co-ordinates the development and management of the QME Framework which supports the approval, monitoring and review of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and also research programmes including those offered collaboratively with other institutions.

This electronic version of the handbook is the most up to date and any changes to policies or processes are notified by email to Associate Deans (Education and Student Experience), Faculty Academic Registrars and Curriculum and Quality Assurance Team Leaders for wider dissemination at the same time as updates are added to the handbook.

Any comments or feedback about the Quality Handbook should be directed to QSAT ( in the first instance. Specific quality assurance questions should be directed to the appropriate contact person identified in the ‘Contact us’ section.

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