Quality Framework

The University’s Quality Framework is, as described in the University Education Strategy, as: a robust quality assurance framework that drives innovative course design, working in partnership with students at all stages. This will include engagement with external examiners, annual review of programmes, faculty quality assurance processes and periodic strategic reviews of departments/schools.

Its purpose is to:

Roles and Responsibility

Overall responsibility for the Framework lies with the University Education Committee; with its ongoing effectiveness being monitored by the University Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

The processes underpinning the Quality Framework are managed by the Academic Quality and Policy Office (AQPO) with the exception of the School Review process.

The main components of the Framework are:

Monitoring and review

Download a diagramatic representation of the framework:University of Bristol Quality Framework (PDF, 172kB)



Ad hoc

Education Action Plans (EAPs) are used by schools to track actions relating to its education provision, including those that arise from the Quality Framework. EAPs are live, iterative documents and are the primary means to review the progress against actions.

All aspects of the monitoring and review process include input from students, as set out in the Student Partnership Vision (PDF, 245kB), students are an integral part of the Framework, whether they be part of the actual review process or that their views are sought and considered via unit, programme, institutional or national student surveys. Students are also represented throughout the University’s committee structure and have the opportunity to discuss any relevant issues that arise from review processes.

Regulation and policy

The University’s academic standards and expectations are primarily set out in the:

They are further supported by a range of policies and guidelines in education.

External review

The last external review of the quality and standards of the University's education provision was by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in February 2016. The Higher Education Review process judged that the University had successfully met the UK expectations in all four areas of judgement: academic standards; the provision of learning opportunities and information; and the enhancement of the quality of student learning opportunities.

QAA HE Review Report 2016 (PDF, 304kB)