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Quality Framework

The Quality Framework describes the University’s strategic approach to quality management, setting out its key features.

The Framework:

  • sets out the principles and procedures within the quality system for the planning, quality assurance and enhancement of taught and research degree provision, including Partnership provision
  • provides the additional information required to support the above procedures, including links to appropriate guidance, forms and templates.

Chapters of the Quality Framework

Chapter A: Introduction to the Quality Framework

Details the purpose of the Framework and the University’s approach to quality and standards.


Chapter B: Portfolio Development

Provides guidance in relation to Portfolio Development Planning. It includes processes and procedures for approval of new award titles, approval of University Certificate award titles, guidance for Collaborative Partners, change of award titles, suspension/closure of awards and Partnerships.

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Chapter C: Course Design, Development and Approval of Teesside University Taught Provision including Collaborative Provision

Provides guidance and procedures in relation to Course Design, Development and Approval (validation) of new academic courses both on and off campus, including collaborative provision.

Chapter C: Periodic Review of Teesside University Provision including Collaborative Provision

Provides guidance and procedures in relation to Course Design, Development and Approval (validation) of new academic courses both on and off campus, including collaborative provision.

Chapter C: Short Awards: Design, Development, Approval and Review (Low Risk Activity)

Provides guidance and procedures in relation Design, Development and Approval (validation) of Short Awards.

Chapter C: Interim Review of Teesside University Taught Provision including Collaborative Provision

Provides guidance and procedures in relation to Interim Review.

Chapter C: Termination of Teesside University Approved Courses including those with Collaborative Partners

Provides guidance and procedures for the termination of courses.

Chapter C: Course and Module Modifications

Provides guidance and procedures for the modifications to modules and courses.

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Chapter D1: Continuous Monitoring and Enhancement

The new Continuous Monitoring and Enhancement process came into effect from academic year 2017/18. Course Leaders based at the University are asked to complete the Course Journals online via Course Journals - SharePoint Site as part of this process. The annual report templates and guidance for Schools and Central Departments are included within the annexes of this section and information regarding useful data sources: Annex 12 - CME Data Sources. Please contact Academic Registry via CME@tees.ac.uk if you have any queries.

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Chapter D2: External Examiner Process

Provides guidance and procedures for the approval and monitoring of External Examiners.

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Standard Administrative Procedures


Chapter E: Institutional Approval and Review of a Collaborative Partner, as defined by Typologies

Provides detailed guidance relating to the specific requirements of collaborative provision by the type of Partnership.

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Chapter F: Research Degrees

Details processes for Research Degrees, the University documents Framework and Regulations for the Award of Higher Degrees by Research. The Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research operates in parallel to this document and should be referred to for further details about all processes and procedures outlined in the handbook. Further information can be found on the Research and Innovation Services SharePoint site.


View the Quality handbook for the previous documents