Secretariat, External Review and Audit

The Secretariat, External Review and Audit (SERA) team within Academic Registry is responsible for the oversight, management and professional secretarial support to the University’s Academic Board and sub-committee structure. SERA facilitates effective and timely debate and agreement on academic policy, regulation and procedure, informed by internal and external drivers, such as Teesside 2020, government policy and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. This supports the delivery of the student learning experience on and off campus.

SERA also provides a key external function for the University. The team builds and maintains links with external audit and review bodies, ensuring the University is kept abreast of emerging developments at a national level. This currently includes the HEFCE Assurance Review, Annual Provider Review and the Teaching Excellence Framework. SERA leads on major University-wide quality-related audit and review activities. The team works closely with Schools (and partners, as appropriate) to support interactions with professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, and other agencies such as Edexcel.

The SERA team is responsible for the University’s internal academic quality audit and review processes. This includes the regular review and updating of Threshold Quality Standards and policies such as the University’s Assessment and Feedback Policy, alongside other internal audit and review areas. The team also manages and reviews the University’s processes for annual monitoring and enhancement, and external examining, and it supports the development and enhancement of the University’s assessment regulations and framework.

Alongside the Regulations, Quality and Standards team, Academic Registry, SERA supports the management, updating, dissemination and implementation of the University’s quality processes and regulatory framework, including the Quality Handbook. The team also works closely with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement team, Academic Registry, to support the enhancement of learning and teaching through committee processes and staff development activities.