Quality Assurance Agency News
An update on changes to the operation of quality assurance processes during the disruption caused by the Swansea University’s response to managing the Covid 19 pandemic:
Quality Enhancement Review
The QAA have postponed the Quality Enhancement Review and are in discussion with HEFCW to temporarily extend our degree awarding powers. Anyone engaged with this review has now been notified and arrangements cancelled.
Following discussion with academic Colleges/Schools *all Quality Reviews will be postponed until business as usual resumes within the organisation in the next academic year (2020/21).
We will be working to re-schedule these once the immediate priorities have been resolved.
We would be grateful if you could inform your Programme Directors and teams of these changes.
*The LPC/GDL Quality Review is close to completion and is operating as a desk-based review and will continue as planned.
Annual Programme Review
The scheduled APR phases will be suspended and we will work to the September submission deadline in the first instance, re-evaluating as the environment changes over the next few months.
We would encourage Programme Directors to reflect on the changes they are or will be making in the APR process.
As discussed with Directors of Learning and Teaching, and in line with the published statement, Directors of L&T will have extended authority for the approval of modular changes during this period (including alternative assessments).
Any changes which significantly affect the structure or integrity of a programme will still need to be reviewed by the Programme Approval Committee but will be taken executively on a case by case basis. Those changes which are directly related to the need to change assessment as a result of the move to online provision will be covered under the revised module amendment approach.
Programme approval will continue on a priority and case by case basis, which will be agreed with Colleges/Schools. A separate communication will be circulated shortly.
Approval of Collaborative Partnerships will continue on a priority and case by case basis, which will be agreed with Colleges/Schools.
We will continue to liaise with and process payment for External Examiners as normal (as far as possible).
We will continue to work on any necessary changes to existing regulation and/or new regulations as necessary.
Where necessary, we will endeavour to continue to support and operate committees and boards virtually on the basis of need.
Your named Academic Quality Engagement Officer will be working closely with you to provide advice and support in whatever way they can during this period. Please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or for further information.