The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area Part 1 state that institutions should have a policy for quality assurance that is made public and forms part of their strategic management. Internal stakeholders should develop and implement this policy through appropriate structures and processes, while involving external stakeholders (Standard 1.1).
The Oxford Brookes University Quality Strategy is articulated through the Quality & Standards Handbook, and the University Regulations and its purpose is to support the University’s strategic objective to enable ‘a student experience of the highest standard possible’ ( 2020 Strategy), and - in particular - to support the achievement of the objectives set out in the University’s Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience (2015-20). The interests of the students and staff of the University, and those of its partner organisations delivering programmes leading to Brookes awards, are therefore the primary concern of the Quality Strategy.
The Quality Strategy also acknowledges the University’s management structures and corporate obligations, and aims to provide assurance to the Academic Board [through the Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee], and to the Board of Governors, that robust and cost-effective systems are in place to protect the quality and standards of Oxford Brookes’ awards, and enable the University to achieve its strategic objectives without reputational damage.
The Quality Strategy has also been developed to enable the University to meet its obligations within the regulatory frameworks governing higher education, including, in particular, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the full range of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) which accredit or recognise the University’s provision. The quality assurance procedures have also been designed to enable the University to meet the expectations of the sector, as articulated in the European Standards & Guidelines (Part 1) and the UK Quality Code for HE. Externality is a key concern of these regulatory frameworks, and the University recognises the importance of independent external participation in the programme approval, monitoring and review processes, (i) in order to gain the benefit of their academic/professional expertise, (ii) in the interests of transparency to stakeholders, and (iii) to provide assurance to the Academic Enhancement and Standards Committee (AESC) and the Academic Board that the University’s processes have been properly conducted. A key concern of the quality assurance processes is to encourage the engagement of academic staff with their peers in the disciplines and professions, to ensure the comparability of the standards of Brookes awards with others in the sector.
Approved by: Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee on 30th January 2013 Academic Board on 13th February 2013
Updated by APQO in May 2016