Academic standards and quality

We value the highest academic and professional standards and aim to be internationally recognised for the quality of teaching, learning facilities and educational experience offered to students.

Quality framework and regulations

Quality assurance and enhancement

Information and guidance about quality assurance and enhancement.

Approval and reporting structures

These are designed to ensure information is scrutinised by the appropriate experts and representatives from across the University.

Annual summary of academic policy decisions

The summary of academic policy decisions is prepared principally for the benefit of Heads of Department/School, relevant Centre Directors and for Departmental Administrators.

External regulation and monitoring

The University must ensure it meets the standards as outlined by external, independent regulators in order to operate as a provider of higher education.

External examiners

External Examiner nomination

Heads of Department are responsible for nominating External Examiners.

External Examiner roles and responsibilities

Detailed description of External Examiners' role and responsibilities.

External examiner nomination criteria

Details of the External Examiner nomination criteria

Preparation for the External Examiner role

Detailed description of preparation for the External Examiner role.

Report submission (partner institutions)

Information for partner institution External Examiners on report submissions.

External Examiner fees and expenses

Information about fees and expenses payments for External Examiners.

Termination of External Examiner contract

A contract with an External Examiner will be terminated in the event of a failure to fulfil the role or a conflict of interest.

Report submission (University of Essex)

Information about using the External Examiner Portal to report submissions for the University of Essex.

Student representation and feedback

Student feedback and representation

Student feedback is a vital part of the University's approach to quality assurance and enhancement.

Student surveys

The University and external bodies regularly conduct surveys to list to the voice of our students.

Student Voice Groups

Student Voice Groups provide an arena for students to discuss with staff issues connected to teaching, learning and student support.

Student Module Feedback

Guidance primarily for departmental administrative staff on how to manage module evaluations through the current Student Assessment of Modules and Teaching (SAMT) process.