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The University of Southampton
Quality Handbook

QME Framework Overview

The Quality Monitoring and Enhancement 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.

This electronic 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.

To ensure that there is clarity on what action is required all policies and procedures are assigned to one of the following three groups:

Defined –those that are for adoption by all faculties – as such they represent explicit University-wide requirements. These provide the University framework to ensure students are treated equitably.

Advisable –those for which there is a strong steer for adoption, but where exception may be allowed provided there is a justified academic argument for a faculty not to adopt the practice. In such cases the ‘authority’ that may approve such exceptions to the rule must be indicated (usually, but not always, AQSC);

Desirable –those that are recommended as good practice and may be useful to inform existing faculty practices.




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