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Learning and Teaching Handbook

9.7.8 External review

Accrediting body review

1. When the programme(s) of a Partner Organisation are subject to external review by an accrediting body, the policy in Section 10.2 of this Handbook should be followed.

Reviews by QAA

2. If the programme(s) of a Partner Organisation is reviewed by QAA, responsibility for liaising with QAA, managing the review and assembling the related documentation rests with the Partner Organisation.

3. Durham University, through the Head of the Academic Support Office, will assist the Partner Organisation by:

a. commenting on the draft self-evaluation document;

b. providing documentation not already available to the partner organisation;

c. attending meetings with QAA review team during the review itself, subject to negotiation with the Chairman of the review team;

d. offering advice.

4. Durham University must be consulted about the content of the self-evaluation document at an early enough stage for changes to be made to the text in the light of comments from Durham.

5. Durham University must also be given the opportunity to comment on the report when the QAA asks for factual corrections.

6. No additional fee is charged for Durham University staff time associated with support for QAA reviews.

7. Partner Organisations are expected to be familiar with the QAA Code of Practice on Collaborative Provision and to review their own practice in the light of the Code. A copy of the Code can be found on the QAA website at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeOfPractice/section2/default.asp .