SPQR Meeting Processes

SPQR Meeting Processes

The process for annual Strategic Partnership and Quality Review (SPQR) meetings with collaborative partners is detailed here.

The SPQR process was introduced in January 2015 for the University’s strategic and regional partnerships with collaborative academic arrangements.

The process of meeting annually with academic partners for strategic partnership and quality review supports the strategic development, quality oversight and enhancement of the partnership. In this way, it contributes to meeting the Expectation of the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B10 ‘ Managing Higher Education Provision with Others’ (QAA,  2013): ‘Degree-awarding bodies take ultimate responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities irrespective of where these are delivered or who provides them. Arrangements for delivering learning opportunities with organisations other than the degree-awarding body are implemented securely and managed effectively.’

The SPQR meetings provide an opportunity to review with the Partner key quality indicators, including those arising from external review processes, and any quality issues which have been raised throughout the year.  They also provide a forum for discussion of strategic developments and the strategic direction of the partnership. The outcome is an enhancement plan which is reviewed throughout the year. These will feed into the overall Partnership Review process.