Department of Student and Academic Administration

Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships

Quality Assurance Documentation

Welcome to the University of Portsmouth's Quality Assurance Documention webpage, which draws together in a single location the key policies and guidance documents which constitute the University’s quality assurance framework, and underpin the University's academic infrastructure. Also provided are links to relevant University webpages and external webpages and quality related documents. This page is primarily a source of information for University staff relating to educational governance at the University; however, students may also find relevant information here regarding their course.

If you require any further information, advice, support or guidance please contact our dedicated Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships team by email at who will be happy to help. 

 This page is currently under development


Key University of Portsmouth documents

Below you can find the key University policies and documents that are relevant to our work in Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships.


University Strategy - 2015 - 2020

Education Strategy - 2016 - 2020

Curriculum Framework Specification

Code of Practice for Work-based and Placement Learning

Hallmarks of a University of Portsmouth Graduate

Course and Module Changes and Student Consultation


University of Portsmouth weblinks

Below you can find shortcuts to our key processes for maintaining and enhancing academic standards and quality.


Course Approval, Modification and Closure for all course related templates and guidance 

External Examiners for both University staff and External Examiners

PSRB for details on Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PRSBs) accreditation

Research Degrees for research degree programmes and students

Review Cycle for policy, procedures, guidance and template documents, for annual and periodic monitoring and review activities.


Key external body documents

Below you can find documents produced by the UKs Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), outlining national expectations for academic standards and quality in higher education. These will be of particular interest to colleagues involved in curriculum design and delivery.

Quality Assurance Agency - UK Quality Code for Higher Education

Quality Assurance Agency - Qualification Characteristic Statements

Quality Assurance Agency - Benchmark Statements

Quality Assurance Agency - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications


Useful external webpage links

Below are some of the key external stakeholders webpages who have a particular interest in how the University manages academic standards, quality and partnerships.


Office for Student (OfS)

UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

The Council of Validating Universities (CVU)

Higher Education Academy (HEA)