Central Quality Office

What do we do?


Quality assurance and enhancement

  • Institutional-level input to HEFCE Annual Provider Review and HEFCE assurance review (HAR) visits
  • Key contact for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) co-ordinating responses to relevant consultations
  • Support the development of new collaborative initiatives.


Approval and review

  • Develop guidance for approval and review processes.
  • Manage periodic review events across the University and our partners.
  • Manage approval events for our partners.


Quality Assurance Handbook: Taught Programmes


External Examining

  • Manage the appointment of External Examiners and advise on their reporting requirements.
  • Produce an annual overview of the issues raised in External Examiners’ reports.
  • Offer an annual conference for all newly appointed External Examiners.


Other responsibilities

  • Maintain the Plymouth University Registers of Collaborative Academic Partnerships and Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PRSBs).
  • Work closely with a range of key University committees and sub-committees including:
    • Academic Development and Partnerships Committee
    • Plymouth University International College Strategic Partnership Management Board and Academic Advisory Committee
    • External Examiners’ Sub-Committee
    • Teaching, Learning and Quality Committee
    • Academic Regulations’ Sub-Committee.

Who are we?

Periodic Review

We manage the Periodic Review process and related events, across Plymouth University and our partner institutions.

Find out more about how we maintain our taught programmes, academic standards and student achievements.

Periodic Review processes and outcomes

Quality Assurance Handbook 2016/17 (taught programmes)

Key quality assurance processes, forms and guidance for taught programmes in 2016/17.

Quality Assurance Handbook 2016/17

Wider Information

We want to make it as easy as possible for current and prospective students, and the general public, to access information about our University.

Read more about how we assure the quality and standards of our awards.

Our Wider Information

External examining (taught programmes)

Are you an External Examiner?

Learn more about our requirements, and the support and resources available to you.

External examining (taught programmes)