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Durham University

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment

Curriculum, Learning & Assessment

Based in the Academic Office (Education Division), the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service supports the University in offering education that is challenging, difficult, enabling and transformative. For further information about specific aspects of the services and support which we offer, please see below, or follow links to the left.

Guidance and Support for Education

We work for the Vice Provost (Education) to develop guidance, policies and regulations which support education. We support engagement with external educational review, such as the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), and those reviews conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the Office for Students (OfS) and Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs). We support Education Committee and its sub-committes, run Durham's national and international student surveys, and publish and maintain the University's regulations and handbooks.

Appeals & Academic Misconduct

We manage University level appeals and academic misconduct processes, and maintain the policies and regulations for these processes. We liaise with exteral agencies, such as the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) in Higher Education.

Departmental & Faculty Support

We support departments and faculties delivering education, overseeing quality assurance and enhancement processes (including: curriculum development, assessment oversight, collaborative programmes, accreditation, external examining, annual monitoring and programme review). We manage the process for faculty concessions, and progress procedures and appeals for taught postgraduate students, and we support faculty-level education committees and groups.

Research Degrees

We manage progress and quality processes for research degree students (including: faculty-level concessions, progress procedures and appeals; examinations), and work for the Dean of Education to develop guidance, policies and regulations which support research degree students.


We manage the University’s matriculation and graduation ceremonies, and other key ceremonial events.

Common Awards

We manage Durham’s Common Awards partnership, working with the Church of England and 19 Theological Educational Institute (TEIs) partners to support over 2,500 students taking programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Contact Details

Curriculum, Learning & Assessment service
Durham University
Palatine Centre 
Stockton Road
Durham DH1 3LE

Phone: +44 0191 334 6104
Fax: +44 0191 334 6250