The Academic Quality Assurance and Enhancement strategy of the University of Hertfordshire aims to ensure that the student experience is underpinned by effective and robust quality assurance processes, and processes to facilitate the enhancement of that experience.
It derives from the University's Strategic Plan (PDF - 1.95 Mb) which makes explicit the commitment of the institution to excellence in teaching and learning.
The internal quality assurance processes of the University are supported by the Centre for Academic Quality Assurance (CAQA).
The purpose of the Centre for Academic Quality Assurance (CAQA) is to safeguard the academic standards of the University's taught provision, achieve outstanding academic quality and promote quality enhancement activity to enrich the student learning experience.
Central to this purpose is a commitment to support the development and implementation of effective and robust policies, regulations and practices on quality assurance and enhancement. CAQA works with others across the University, by:
The University and its programmes are subject to external scrutiny by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) - the body responsible for overseeing the quality assurance of all Higher Education provision in the United Kingdom.
University programmes are also subject to review and accreditation by relevant Professional and Statutory Regulatory Bodies, including Ofsted, the Health Professions Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
The University of Hertfordshire underwent Institutional Audit by QAA in 2004, Collaborative Provision Audit in 2006, and was audited again in 2009.
Findings of the audits were that broad confidence can be placed in:
'Broad confidence' is the highest finding a university can receive through the audit process.