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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook

12.2: University Procedure for the Consideration of Accreditation Reports

Preparation for periodic accreditation visits

1. Departments are required to inform the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service when they are making an application to accrediting bodies for accreditation or reaccreditation in respect of University provision (whether the accreditation process is to be entirely paper-based, or will involve an accreditation visit) and to seek advice in the preparation of documentation. Submissions should not be sent to accrediting bodies until this advice has been sought and given.

2. The points of contact in the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service are the Faculty Support Officer and/or Head of the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service.

3. Discussion should take place regarding whether it would be appropriate or helpful for a member of the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service to be involved in the visit itself.

4. When the initial report of the accreditation process is received the department/school should involve the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service in agreeing any response to the report.

5. When the final report is received a copy should be sent to the Head of the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service.

Follow-up to accreditation reports

6. All reports will be considered by Quality and Standards Committee in the first instance, to allow any issues that relate to University policy and procedure arising from the report to be identified and appropriate action taken (this action may include referring the issues to another committee or individual, e.g. Education Committee or the Chair of the relevant Faculty Education Committee).

7. Reports will then be referred to the department concerned. The department will address any recommendations in the report (and any additional issues arising from the report that have been identified by QSC).

Annual reports to accrediting bodies

8. Where departments are requested by accrediting bodies to make annual reports on accredited provision, they are required to seek advice from the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service prior to submitting such reports to the accrediting body. Submissions should not be sent to accrediting bodies until this advice has been sought and given.

9. The point of contact in the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service is the relevant Faculty Support Officer.