The University of Southampton
Quality Handbook

QME Governance

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.

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.

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