Handbook for Manchester Met and Partner Link Tutors 2018-19 - The University for World-Class Professionals

Handbook for Manchester Met and Partner Link Tutors 2018-19 - The University for World-Class Professionals
The University for
World-Class Professionals

Handbook for
Manchester Met and
Partner Link Tutors
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   Welcome                                                                                             About Academic Collaborations

                                                                                                       The Academic Collaboration Team (ACT)       The Team are responsible for the co-
                                                                                                       is located within the Academic Quality      ordination of Link utor support f you
                                                                                                       and Standards Group at Manchester           have any specific training needs to
                                                                                                       Met, which has responsibility for the       support you in your role, or any
                                                                                                       maintenance of academic standards and       questions, please do not hesitate to
                                                                                                       the promotion of quality enhancement.       contact us.

                                           The Link Tutor Handbook has been developed to support       The ACT develop and implement                ou can contact the ACT, or find out
                                           Partner and Manchester Met Link Tutors in their role.       policies that enable the University to      more about the services we provide,
                                                                                                       assure itself about the quality and         using the methods below:
                                           It articulates minimum baseline requirements, identi-       standards of programmes leading to a
                                           fies Manchester Met and Partner responsibilities and        Manchester Met award. To ensure an

                                           signposts where you can find further information on the     equivalent and comparable learning
                                                                                                       experience, the University takes
                                           management, delivery and assessment of collaborative        responsibility for the academic                     http://www.mmu.ac.uk/aca-
                                           provision.                                                  standards of all its awards, whether they           demic/casqe/collaborative/
                                                                                                       are delivered at Manchester Met or                  index.php
 4 / Role of the Link Tutor                                                                            through collaborative arrangements; and
 6 / Quality & Standards in Partnerships
                                           We would welcome your feedback about this handbook,         the standards of all of our awards are              +44 (0)161 247 2000
 9 / Recruiting Students                   and please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any of   assured by a set of embedded quality
 12 / Programme Management                 the activities.                                             management procedures, wherever and
 17 / Assessment                                                                                       however a programme of study is                     academiccollaboration@mmu.
 24 / Curriculum                                                                                                                                           ac.uk
 27 / Engaging & Improving                                                                             Our work is guided by the robust
 30 / Approval & Review                                                                                mechanisms that govern the quality and
 33 / Staffing                                                                                         standards of awards o ered by
 34 / FAQ                                   Julie Watson                                                 igher Education providers, particularly
 36 / Checklist of Actions                  Head of Academic Collaboration                             the        uality ode for igher
 38 / Calendar                                                                                           ducation
 39 / Policy Updates
 40 / Useful Contacts

                                                                                                        Commonly used Abbreviations
                                                                                                         hroughout this guide, you will find a     FAQSC - Faculty Academic Quality &
                                                                                                        number of abbreviations and acronyms       Standards Committee
                                                                                                        related to Quality and Standards.          FHEQ ramework for igher
                                                                                                                                                    ducation ualifications in ngland,
                                                                                                        ACT - Academic Collaboration Team          Wales and Northern Ireland
                                                                                                        RPL - ecognition of Prior Learning         FEC - Faculty Education Committee
                                                                                                        RPCL - ecognition of Prior ertificated     ICP - Institutional Code of Practice
                                                                                                         earning                                   CPARA Collaborative Programme
                                                                                                        RPEL - ecognition of Prior Experiential     pproval, eview Amendment
                                                                                                        Learning                                   CPEAR - Collaborative Programme
                                                                                                        AQSG- Academic Quality & Standards         Enhancement, Approval & Review
                                                                                                        Group                                      QAA - Quality Assurance Agency
                                                                                                        CIP - Continuous Improvement Plan          RTS ecognised utor tatus
                                                                                                        CMI - Continuous Monitoring and            EC - Education Committee
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                                   he ole of the ink utor                                                                                     ey esponsibilities
 For the purpose of this handbook the terms Manchester Met
                                                                    Practices may di er slightly depending on the nature of the            Whilst it is expected that the exact nature of the Link Tu-
 Link Tutor and Partner Link Tutor are used to identify the key                                                                            tor role will vary according to the needs of each Partner,    All Manchester Met Link Tutors are required to complete
 sta roles in managing collaborative provision he ink utor          validation, type of partner institution and if the programme is
                                                                                                                                           the following is a list of key duties which all Link Tutors   a Quality and Standards report twice a year; once at the
 role is crucial to the successful operation of Collaborative       run at an overseas location. The Link Tutor role, therefore, varies
                                                                                                                                           will be expected to complete. This is not an exhaustive       end of the first term and again at the end of the summer
 Provision at the University. For every Collaborative Programme     slightly from institution to institution. Additionally, whilst every
                                                                                                                                           list, but demonstrates the typical repsonsibilities of a      term. The report provides the ACT with information on
 undertaken, two Link Tutors are appointed, one at the partner      collaborative provision programme has a named Link Tutor at
                                                                                                                                           Link Tutor:                                                   how the partner is performing. This report will feed in to
 organisation, the Partner Link Tutor, and one at the University,   Manchester Met, there are variances betwen Faculties to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the annual review of each partnership, in addition to
 the Manchester Met Link Tutor f agreed with the local ead          that support is provided in the most e cient and e ective
                                                                                                                                           Programme Management                                          supporting our ongoing assessment of risk at each
 of Department, the Programme Leader can assume the respon-         way. Thus, in come cases, the Link Tutor is shared with other
 sibilities of the Link Tutor themselves, both at Manchester Met    programmes to better support the portfolio of the partner, the
                                                                    collaborative provision of the supporting Faculty or both. The             Ensure data is transferred to Manchester Met
 and at the partner institution. This handbook makes reference to                                                                              programme administrators to facilitate the                 he eport also provides ink utors with the opportu-
 Link Tutors who are not also Programme Leaders as the default      three models of Link Tutor support are:
                                                                                                                                               enrolment, pro-gression, suspension, withdrawal           nity to ensure themselves that all of the required duties
 standard.                                                                                                                                     and completion of students on a partner programme         have been fulfilled at both the niversity and the partner
                                                                        a single Link Tutor supports a single collaborative pro-
                                                                        gramme;                                                                Ensure that assesment results are submitted and
 The Link Tutor role is a key one, and it is expected that Man-                                                                                exam boards take place for the programme, either
 chester Met and Partner Link Tutors will work closely together,
 act as critical friends and o er support, guidance and advice to
                                                                        a single Link Tutor supports all of the collaborative pro-
                                                                        grammes in a single partner organisation;                              at the partner or at Manchester Met                       Concerns
                                                                        a single Link Tutor supports very similar collaborative                Ensure processes are established for the sub-
 the relevant programme teams. Link Tutors also have a key role                                                                                mission and review of complaints, appeals and             If either a Partner or Manchester Met Link Tutor has
 in monitoring compliance with University regulations, academic         programmes in more than one partner organisation.
                                                                                                                                               academic misconduct allegations, in accordance            any concerns, they should be raised with the Academic
 standards and procedures. Consequently, the role of a Link                                                                                    with the relevant procedures                              Collaboration Team as soon as possible. The Academic
 Tutor can be complex and demanding, requiring extensive             owever, there are minimum re uirements that all ink utors
                                                                    must adhere to in order to ensure the security of Manchester                 eview programme information, including the              Collaboration Team will work closely with Link Tutors
 experience and understanding of how their own organisation                                                                                    programme specification, handbooks and unit               to ensure that any concerns are investigated and,
 operates and knowledge of Manchester Met quality expecta-          Met awards and these are set out in this andbook
                                                                                                                                               materials, and record this in line with the Published     where necessary, resolutions are sought to resolve any
 tions.                                                                                                                                        Information Approval procedure                            concerning matters.
                                                                                                                                               Facilitate visits from External Examiners, including
                                                                          Support for Link Tutors                                              ensuring the moderation of assessments

                                                                                                                                           Quality Assurance
                                                                          The Manchester Met Link Tutor is supported and
                                                                          advised by:
                                                                                                                                                acilitate any CPARA activity for the programme
                                                                                                                                               Ensure the completion and monitoring of a CIP for
                                                                               Professional Services sta including Programme
                                                                                                                                               each programme
                                                                                                                                                ngage in the Partner eview process conducted
                                                                               the Academic Collaboration Team, respon-
                                                                                                                                               by the ACT
                                                                               sible for Collaborative Agreements, the Collabora-
                                                                                                                                                nsure that all sta teaching at a partner institution
                                                                               tive Provision egister and advice and guidance
                                                                                                                                               have been approved under the ecognised utor
                                                                               on a wide range of quality and standards related
                                                                                                                                               Status scheme
                                                                                                                                                eep the ACT updated with any changes to sta ng
                                                                               for International Partnerships, support is also
                                                                                                                                               and Link Tutors at partner institutions
                                                                               available from the nternational     ce
                                                                          The Partner Link Tutor is supported and advised by:
                                                                                                                                               Ensure students are provided with a welcome from
                                                                               the Manchester Met Link Tutor
                                                                                                                                               both the University and the Partner during their
                                                                               the relevant partner organisation sta
                                                                               the relevant Manchester Met aculty sta including
                                                                                                                                               Link Tutors should communicate with each other
                                                                               Programme Administrators
                                                                                                                                               on a monthly basis to discuss the operation of
                                                                               the Academic Collaboration Team; and
                                                                                                                                               the programme (this can be through face to face
                                                                               for international partnerships futher support is
                                                                                                                                               meetings, email or Skype contact)
                                                                               available from the nternational      ce
                                                                                                                                               Facilitate the collation of student feedback through
                                                                                                                                               meetings, Programme Committees and SSLCs as
                                                                          The Academic Collaboration Team have produced a
                                                                          wide range of supporting information and guidance
                                                                                                                                               Conduct a Programme Committee meeting once
                                                                          which is available online.
                                                                                                                                               per term

                                                                                                                                           The Roles and Responsibilites document that forms
                                                                                                                                           part of the collaborative agreement for each
                                                                                                                                           partnership arrangement will also provide further
                                                                                                                                           details regarding key responsibilities for each partner.
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                            Quality & Standards in
    All awards delivered or validated by Manchester Met adhere
    to national benchmarks for Academic Quality and
    Standards, in order to protect the integrity of awards
    conferred in the University’s name.

    The Quality Assurance Agency                 The requirement to align our provision                                                 Quality and Standards at Man-              Minimum requirements for taught provision leading to Manchester Met
                                                 with the         and the mechanisms                                                    chester Met                                awards
                                                 by which we assure ourselves that our
    The QAA’s role is to uphold quality and
    standards in      universities and           awards are at the appropriate level
                                                                                              "Where a provider works in
                                                                                                                                        At Manchester Met, we are committed        Academic Board                              Award Titles: Approval,
    colleges. The QAA guides and checks          underpin a wide range of the Universi-       partnership with other                    to working with our partners to ensure     The Academic Board of Manchester            Amendment and Review
    the quality of teaching, learning and        ty’s policies, procedures and regulations    organisations, it has in place            that the University and the students       Met has overall responsibility for the      All award titles must be approved at
    assessment in       higher education, to
    provide every student with the best
                                                                                              effective arrangements to                 undertaking any programme leading          academic management and control of          strategic level before academic
                                                                                                                                        to a Manchester Met award can be           the Programme and for the oversight,        scrutiny of the provision is considered
    possible learning experience.                    the Programme pproval, eview             ensure that the standards of              confident in the uality of provision       maintenance, monitoring and evalua-         via the Programme pproval, eview
                                                     and Amendment process                    its awards are credible and               In return, we require our partners to      tion of academic standards and quality.     and Amendment process
                                                     the Manchester Met Assessment
    Manchester Met is subject to regular
                                                                                              secure irrespective of where              engage with our quality processes and
    reviews by the QAA, the most recent of                                                                                              be committed to dedicating time and        R              of Prior Learning            Continuous Monitoring and
    which was conducted in April 2016.               the arrangements for External            or how courses are                        resources to ensure that Manchester        (RPL)                                       Improvement
      uring this review the       confirmed          Examining                                delivered or who delivers                 Met s processes are e ected and to         All PL applications must be consid-         The University’s procedures for Con-
    that the quality and standards of the
    provision at Manchester Met meets
                                                                                              them."                                    ensure that the quality of education is    ered in accordance with the                 tinuous Monitoring and Improvement
                                                 All Manchester Met awards are aligned                                                  of an appropriate standard.                University’s Policy and Procedures for      (CMI) apply in full.
    expectations, and the University was         to the         a list of the awards and                           QAA Quality Code                                                the ecognition of Prior Learning.
    approved to display the QAA Quality          the relevant        level is provided on                                               We recognise that our partnerships                                                     Credit Sizes and Structure
    Mark for a further six years.                the AQSG website.                                                                      must serve the needs and requirements      Admissions                                  The size and structure of all Manches-
                                                                                                                                        of Manchester Met, the partner and         The admission of students shall be in       ter Met awards must comply with the
    The Framework for Higher                                                                  At Manchester Met, the Code underpins     students. Sometimes there may be a         accordance with Manchester Met s e-         relevant curriculum framework.
    Educa-                                       The Quality Code                             our policies and procedures for main-     di erence of opinion When Manches-         cruitment and Admissions Policy, with
                                                                                              taining academic standards and quality,   ter Met o ers a programme in collab-       any particular re uirements specified in    Curriculum: approval
     he ramework for igher ducation              All higher education providers reviewed      and you will see that our documentation   oration with a partner we always work      the Programme pecification                  The University’s Programme Approval
      ualifications in ngland, Wales and         by the QAA must commit to meeting            has been developed with the               with the partner to achieve the best                                                   procedures apply in full. Students
      orthern reland         is published by     formal Expectations outlined in the          expectations of the Quality Code in       possible experience for our students       Assessment                                  must not be enrolled on any provision
    the QAA. It represents the key               QAA’s Quality Code. The Quality Code         mind.                                     and will endeavour to take into account    The Manchester Met Assessment               leading to Manchester Met award/
    reference point against which igher          gives all higher education providers                                                   any partner specific re uirements           egulations apply in full unless any        credits until the approval process has
      ducation providers are expected to         a shared starting point for setting,         Further information about the Quality       owever, in all partnerships leading      variation/exemption from these has          been completed (including satisfactory
    align the academic standard of their         describing and assuring the academic         Code is available from the QAA website.   to the provision of Manchester Met         been exceptionally approved by the          completion of any conditions attached
    degrees. Its main purposes are to:           standards of their higher education                                                    credits or awards, the University          University’s Academic Board).               to the approval). The standard period of
                                                 awards and programmes, and the               T                                         retains responsibility for the academic                                                approval is six years.
        provide important points of ref-         quality of the learning opportunities they                                             standards and the quality of learning      Assessment Boards
                                                 provide.                                     Manchester Met is proud to have been      opportunities. To support this respon-     The Assessment Board that agrees            Curriculum: review
        erence for setting and assessing                                                      awarded silver in the eaching             sibility the niversity has identified a    student assessment outcomes must be           he niversity s Programme eview
        academic standards to higher             The QAA have recently undertaken a              cellence ramework, reinforcing the     set of minimum quality and standards       constituted in accordance with agreed       procedures apply in full. If new award
        education providers and their            review of the Quality Code, and a            high uality teaching that we provide to   requirements it expects of its faculties   University procedures.                      titles are proposed through Programme
        External Examiners                       revised version has been published for       our students                              and collaborative partners.                                                              eview, students must not be enrolled
        assist in the identification of poten-   all HE Providers. The revised code is                                                                                             Assessment Feedback                         on any provision leading to new
        tial progression routes particularly     less prescriptive, with a reduced                                                      These requirements are listed in the       Students must be provided with              Manchester Met award/credits until the
        in the context of lifelong learning      number of expectations, however; the                                                   right-hand table, and are described in     feedback on summative assessments           review process has been completed
        promote a shared and common              ethos of the code remains the same,                                                    further detail in specific sections        in order to help promote learning and       (including satisfactory completion of
        understanding of the expectations        with a focus on securing academic                                                      of this guide.                             facilitate improvement.                     any conditions attached to the
        associated with typical ualifica-        quality and standards to inform the best                                                                                                                                      re-approval).
        tions by facilitating a consistent use   student experience possible.
        of ualification titles                                                                                                                                                     Manchester Met has sole authority
                                                                                                                                                                                   for awarding certificates relating to
                                                                                                                                                                                   Manchester Met awards.
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                                                                                                                                ecruiting tudents

                                                                                                                                                       Manchester Met is responsible for ensuring that only students
                                                                                                                                                             with the ability, potential and motivation to benefit are
                                                                                                                                                          admitted onto any Manchester Met programmes of study.

   Minimum requirements for taught provision leading to Manchester Met                                                   Admissions                                                                         Articulation Arrangements
   awards                                                                                         Useful Resources
                                                                                                                         The admission of students shall be in
                                                                                                                         accordance with Manchester Met s e-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Actions                Articulation describes a formal arrange-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ment between Manchester Met and an
   Exceptional Factors
      ceptional factors a ecting student       Programme pecification must be           QAA Website                      cruitment and Admissions Policy with                                               external organisation to facilitate entry
   performance during written examina-       produced for each award approved by                                         any particular re uirements specified in                                           to an advanced point of a Manchester
                                                                                                                         the Programme pecification                 For Admissions                          Met programme for agreed groups
   tions or other forms of assessment        the University and revised following the   UK Quality Code
   must be considered in accordance with     approval of amendments and                                                                                                                                     of students - either through a right
   agreed University procedures.             the outcome of periodic reviews. In                                         For all taught provision leading to a      Manchester Met and Partner Link         to apply or a guaranteed admission
                                             accordance with QAA requirements,          Framework for Higher Edu-        Manchester Met award the University        Tutors:                                 arrangement. Admission to the Man-
                                                                                                                         will ensure that:                                                                  chester Met Programme is granted on
   External Examiner                         Manchester Met publishes all Pro-          cation Qualifications (FHEQ)                                                                                        the basis of academic credit awarded
   The University’s External Examining       gramme pecifications, including those                                                                                  Agree responsibilities for manag-
                                             for Collaborative Programmes, on its                                            its minimum agreed entry require-                                              by an external organisation which is
                                                                                                                                                                    ing Applications to the programme
   arrangements apply in full.
                                             website.                                   Academic Quality &                   ments are adhered to;                                                          approved by Manchester Met as being
                                                                                                                                                                    to ensure that they are all con-
   Language of Study                                                                    Standards Group Website              only students with the ability,
                                                                                                                                                                    sidered in accordance with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            equivalent to study which would other-
                                                                                                                             potential and motivation to benefit                                            wise have been undertaken as part of
   The delivery and assessment of            Publicity & Marketing Information                                                                                      University’s requirements
                                                                                                                             are admitted onto the programmes                                               the Manchester Met programme.
   provision leading to a Manchester Met     All publicity and marketing information    CELT Website                         of study;
   award must be in the English Language     relating to Manchester Met and its
                                             programmes must be approved by                                                  all applications are assessed          Manchester Met Link Tutors:             All Articulation Arrangements must be
   (unless delivery in another language
   has been exceptionally approved by the    Manchester Met prior to issue.             Assessment Regulations               fairly and consistently according                                              formally approved by the University in
                                                                                                                             to criteria that are clear, fair and   Monitor student admissions to           order to provide assurance that robust
   University’s Academic Board).
                                                                                                                             transparent;                           ensure that the minimum entry           and appropriate academic judgements
                                             Student Voice/Student                      Institutional Code of Practice       the selection process is criteria                                              have been made. In general terms,
                                             Engagement                                                                                                             requirements are adhered to
                                                                                        for Collaborative Provision          based; and                                                                     there are two approval routes,
   Manchester Met must approve any sta       Programme teams must ensure that
   delivering/and or assessing a Manches-    students are provided with formal and      and Academic Partnerships            decisions are made by those best
                                                                                                                                                                    Consult ACT and ecruitment &
                                                                                                                                                                                                            depending on whether or not the
                                                                                                                             able to make the required judge-                                               external credit has already been
   ter Met programme prior to those sta      informal mechanisms to make their                                                                                      Admissions on any proposed
                                                                                                                             ments.                                                                         formally aligned to the Framework for
   undertaking any delivery/and or assess-   views known and these arrangements         Teaching Excellence                                                         amendments to entry re uire-               igher ducation ualifications
                                             must be clearly communicated to
   ment of Manchester Met provision.
                                             students.                                  Framework                          or    based partners who are             ments prior to submitting for                      he cademic ollaboration
                                                                                                                         admitting International students onto      formal approval                         Team should be contacted at the ear-
   Programme Committee                                                                                                   Manchester Met validated provision,                                                liest opportunity, to advise on specific
   A Programme Committee must be             Transcripts of study                                                        please see the website for further                                                 proposals.
                                             Manchester Met has sole authority for                                                                                  Ensure that arrangements are in
   constituted under the authority of                                                                                    information.
                                             Transcripts of Study. Any Transcripts of                                                                               place to maintain oversight of any
   Manchester Met’s Academic Board to                                                                                                                                                                       Please note that the Articulation policy
   take oversight of the programme.          Study issued by the partner must be                                                                                    admissions responsibilities de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            does not apply to individual student
                                             verified by Manchester Met prior to                                                                                    volved to the Partner Link Tutor
                                                                                                                                                                                                            applications for ecognition of Prior
   Programme Handbooks                       issue to the students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Learning ( PL).
   Students must be provided with a pro-
   gramme handbook and unit information      Unit Evaluation                                                                                                                                                Articulation arrangements that are
   either within the programme handbook       ll units o ered to students in each                                                                                                                           approved to permit admission to a
   or as a set of separate unit handbooks.   academic year must be formally                                                                                                                                 Manchester Met award delivered under
   Arrangements must be made for             evaluated.                                                                                                              "The provider has a reliable,          a Collaborative Agreement must be
   Manchester Met sta to approve the                                                                                                                                 fair and inclusive admissions          approved by Manchester Met in
   information issued to students.                                                                                                                                                                          accordance with the Manchester Met
                                                                                                                                                                     system."                               Policy and Procedures and a tripartite
                                                                                                                                                                                                            agreement between Manchester Met,
                                                                                                                                                                                         QAA Quality Code
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                                                                                             For new Articulation Arrangements

                                                                                             Partner and Manchester Met Link

                                                                                             Contact the ACT if an Articulation   the assurance that the University’s
                                                                                             Arrangement with a third party is
                                                                                                                                  requirements are being met, and the
                                                                                             proposed to facilitate admission     University must maintain oversight of
                                                                                             to the Manchester Met                these arrangements.
    the approved collaborative partner          Met award. Evidence to support               Collaborative Programme. The
    and the external provider must be in        a claim for PCL will require a formal        ACT will consider the proposal       The responsibility for making the PL
    place before any student enrols on the       ualification or award or part of an         and advise on the approval           claim rests with the student/applicant       For Recognition of Prior Learning
    programme.                                  award, with formal documentation such                                             making the claim. All applicants will be                                              > Stage 5 - Processing outcomes
                                                as a results transcript or formal certifi-                                        required to make an application for          Manchester Met and Partner Link           including notification of outcomes
    R              of Prior Learning            cate and/or evidence of assessment, as
                                                                                             For existing approved Articulation
                                                                                                                                    ecognition of Prior Learning after first   Tutors:                                  to students)
                                                appropriate, from a University, College                                           making a separate application for
                                                or Professional Body.                        Arrangements                         admission to a Manchester Met
      ecognition of Prior Learning ( PL) is a                                                                                                                                  Agree responsibilities for man-          Manchester Met Link Tutors:
    way of recognising and valuing the                                                                                            programme. ecognition will only be
                                                The ecognition of Prior Experiential         Partner and Manchester Met Link      awarded against the Manchester Met           aging PL Applications to the
    knowledge and skills that people bring                                                                                                                                                                              Ensure that arrangements are in
    with them when they embark on a             Learning ( PEL) is the process by            Tutors                               course for which an application for          programme to ensure that they
                                                                                                                                  admission has been made and is not           are all considered in accordance         place to maintain oversight of any
    programme of study. Manchester Met          which an individual’s prior learning,
                                                gained from experience rather than for-                                           transferable. The possession of prior        with Manchester Met’s                    admissions responsibilities de-
    allows students who provide evidence                                                     Agree responsibilities for:
    of prior learning to be considered for      mally assessed study, may be assessed                                             learning alone does not confer right of      requirements. These                      volved to the Partner Link Tutor
    exemptions for parts of their academic      and formally recognised to provide                                                entry to any programme of study.             responsibilities apply to 5 stages
                                                                                             - monitoring the progress of stu-
    programme when they can demonstrate         academic credit towards a target award.                                                                                        of approval:                             Submit all required information to
                                                                                             dents admitted to the Programme
    that their existing knowledge and skills                                                                                                                                   > Stage 1 - Dealing with initial         your Faculty Academic Quality and
    meet some of the requirements of that       All PL applications must be                  via an Articulation Arrangement              Useful Resources                                                              Standards Committee (FAQSC)
                                                                                             against those admitted via the                                                    enquiries
    programme.                                  considered in accordance with the                                                                                                                                       Chair to enable completion of the
                                                University’s Policy and Procedures for       standard entry route                 Manchester Met’s Policy for                                                           Faculty ecognition of Prior
                                                                                                                                                                               > Stage 2 - Giving detailed advice
    Such prior learning may fall into one of    the ecognition of Prior Learning.            - reporting on the health of the     the ecognition of Prior                                                                earning P Monitoring eport
    the following categories:                   Manchester Met is ultimately                 arrangement via Continuous
                                                responsible for the academic standards                                            Learning                                     > Stage 3 - Making a formal              Form
                                                                                             Monitoring and Improvement
    The ecognition of Prior Certificated        of all credit awarded in its name and the                                                                                      application
    Learning ( PCL) is a process whereby        decisions regarding the accreditation of                                                                                                                                Agree with your Faculty Learning
                                                                                             Manchester Met Link Tutors                                                                                                 and Teaching Support Group Man-
    academic credit for learning has been       prior learning are a matter of academic                                                                                        >Stage 4 - Assessing the claim
    previously assessed and/or accredited       judgement, informed by professional                                                                                                                                     ager arrangements to record PL
    at     level, through a formal course of    bodies and other stakeholders. If any        Ensure that arrangements are in                                                                                            decisions at the relevant
    study, and may be used towards the          duties are devolved to the partner,          place to maintain oversight of any                                                                                         Manchester Met Assessment
    credit requirements of a Manchester         arrangements (and formal evidence)           admissions responsibilities de-                                                                                            Board
                                                must be in place to provide                  volved to the Partner Link Tutor
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            Programme Management
    Manchester Met employs a number of protocols and procedures
    to ensure the smooth running of all programmes that
    lead to our awards. These are key to the successful
    management of any collaborative programme and supporting
    our partners.

    Communication                               External Examining                               awards is maintained                   The Reporting Process                                                              The Programme Committee
                                                                                                 the assessments with which the
      egular and ongoing communication
    between the Manchester Met and
                                                The University’s External Examining
                                                arrangements apply in full to all taught
                                                                                                 Examiner is concerned are carried
                                                                                                 out in accordance with the Universi-
                                                                                                                                        Each year, at the conclusion of the
                                                                                                                                        assessment process and once the                             Actions                Programme Committees take oversight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of matters relating to the operation,
    Partner Link Tutor is key to the success    programmes of study whether home-                ty s egulations and any approved       assessment boards have met, all of our                                             delivery and standards of the pro-
    of any Collaborative Partnership. Dur-      based or delivered under a collaborative         additional programme specific          External Examiners are required to com-                                            gramme and to the overall experience
    ing the life of a partnership, both Link    arrangement. These arrangements gov-             regulations.                                                                       For External Examining
                                                                                                                                        plete an annual report. These reports                                              of students on the programme. Aspects
      utors will engage with sta from a vari-   ern all aspects of External Examining.                                                  play an important role in our quality                                              of good practice and improvement
                                                                                             Where a course is delivered through                                                    Manchester Met and Partner Link
    ety of departments at both Manchester                                                                                               assurance and enhancement processes,        Tutors                                 actions are addressed through the
    Met and at the partner organisation. It     The Nomination and Approval                  collaborative provision or overseas,       and they are used in external review as                                            Continuous Improvement Plan, which
    is essential that arrangements are in       Process                                      the External Examiner may be asked         indicators of general programme health      Agree responsibilities for commu-      is made available to all Committee
    place to ensure that both the partner                                                    to undertake visits from time to time to   and quality.                                nication with the External Examiner    members, including student course
    and Manchester Met Link Tutor are           Nomination of External Examiners for         meet sta and students in order to con-                                                 to ensure that the assessment          representatives. A Programme is one
    kept in the loop in all communication       collaborative programmes follows the         firm that standards are appropriate and    A copy of the External Examiner                                                    or more cognate courses represented
                                                                                                                                                                                    process is managed in accordance
    pertaining to the partnership n the first   same process as that for Manchester          comparable to similar University-based     report(s) for collaborative programmes                                             by a single programme specification n
    instances, Link Tutors should commu-                                                     courses, and that the assessment                                                       with the University’s requirements,
                                                Met-based programmes, supplement-                                                       will be sent to the partner organisation.                                          some cases, a programme will contain a
    nicate with their counterpart, and bring                                                 process is fair and consistent for all     There must be a detailed discussion of,     including providing responses to       single course; in others, the programme
                                                ed by consultation with the partner
    other stakeholders into discussions         concerned, where appropriate. Any            students. Link Tutors should discuss the   and response to, Subject External              ternal aminer eports                will contain many courses.
    as appropriate. For the partnership         nominee for a post including partner         arrangements for any visits to a partner   Examiner reports at the Programme
    to succeed there must be open and           provision must be entirely independent       organisation. External Examiners will      Committee, with the involvement of          Establish mechanisms to provide        Franchised Provision (provision which
    transparent communication between           of all institutions, and sta and students    also be expected to attend the relevant    student representatives.                    partner sta with formal opportu-       is linked into a Manchester Met home
    both parties; this may range from           concerned.                                     ssessment oard which may be held                                                     nities to engage with the External     programme):
    copying each other into relevant email                                                   at the partner premises.                                                               Examiner
    communication to regular formal and         All External Examiners for programmes                                                                                                                                      The main Programme Committee is
    informal meetings.                          leading to Manchester Met awards, in-                                                                                                                                      normally held at Manchester Met,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Manchester Met Link Tutor
    The ACT website contains pro-formas
                                                cluding those delivered under collabora-
                                                tive arrangements, must be approved by
                                                                                                               Actions                                                              Ensure that if you devolve any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with each partner delivering elements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the programme holding its own
    that Link Tutors can use to help keep a     the University. The Mancheser Met Link                                                           Useful Resources                                                          sub-committee that feeds into the main
                                                                                                                                                                                    responsibilities for communication
    record of their meetings, in particular     Tutor will be able to provide Partner Link    For Communication                                                                                                            programme committee.
    where they take place digitally (Skype                                                                                                                                          with the External Examiner to the
                                                Tutors with the name and contact details
    for example) due to the Partner being                                                                                               External Examiner Nomination                Partner Link Tutor, arrangements       Externally Validated Provision (provi-
                                                of the External Examiner(s) appointed         Manchester Met and Partner Link
    overseas.                                                                                                                                                                       are in place to keep you in the loop   sion which is not linked into a Manches-
                                                to the programme. We recommend that           Tutors                                    Form
                                                any programme specific communication                                                                                                                                       ter Met home programme):
    At the beginning of each year, the          with External Examiner(s) is sent via the                                                                                           Partner Link Tutor
    Faculty will provide each Link Tutor        Manchester Met Link Tutor. Non-pro-           Agree a method for maintaining                                                                                               The Programme Committee is normally
    with an information pack. This pack will    gramme specific, institution wide proce-      regular contact regular telephone                                                     Contact the Manchester Met Link        convened by the Partner Organisation.
    contain all of the key deadline dates       dural information and guidance is sent        conversations, email communi-                                                         Tutor if you are unsure which Exter-
    which relate to the partner and the pro-    to the External Examiners by the              cation, Skype meetings, physical                                                      nal Examiner(s) is/are appointed to    Please bear in mind that if there is more
    gramme throughout the year. Both Link       Academic Standards Team.                      meetings or a combination                                                             your programme                         than one partner approved to deliver
    Tutors should use this information pack                                                                                                                                                                                the programme, there should be one
    to inform their ongoing communication                                                                                                                                                                                  over-arching Programme Committee
                                                Roles and Responsibilities                    Confirm dates for both formal                                                         Agree with the Manchester Met
    with each other, to ensure that they are                                                                                                                                                                               that takes oversight of the programme
                                                                                              and informal contact in advance                                                       Link Tutor the arrangements for
    able to complete their role throughout      External Examiners are appointed by the                                                                                                                                    as a whole. In such cases, each partner
    the year.                                                                                  consider whether this should be                                                      responding to External Examiner        may decide to hold sub-committees at
                                                Academic Board of the University to                                                                                                   eports
                                                                                              weekly, monthly or termly                                                                                                    a local level, which feed into the main
                                                ensure that:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Programme Committee.
                                                                                              Keep each other informed                                                              Ensure that arrangements are in
                                                    justice is done to the individual
                                                                                              throughout the life of the partner-                                                   place to allow students to access
                                                    the standard of the University’s          ship                                                                                  the External Examiner report(s) for
                                                                                                                                                                                    their programme
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                                                                                                                                 Programme Committee
                                                                                                                                 Terms of Reference
                                                                                                                                                                               Programme Committees are governed by a strict set of
                                                                                                                                                                                        criteria that must be adhered to at all times.

   The Programme Committee arrange-                examples of proven good practice
   ments for collaborative partners                which may be shared more widely                                               Programme Committees are constituted           issues raised by professional, statu-
   involved in other types of collaborations
   (for example dual awards or joint
                                                   within the faculty.
                                                   issues which need faculty-wide,
                                                                                                        Actions                  under the authority of the Academic
                                                                                                                                 Board and are responsible to the
                                                                                                                                                                                tory or regulatory bodies P
                                                                                                                                                                                the reports of Subject External
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 s      Particular requirements apply to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        operation of Programme Committees in
   delivery) shall be included in the Formal       rather than programme-level,                                                  programme s ead of epartment or                Examiners and of the programme          collaborative programmes, as follows:
   Agreement between the partner and               resolution.                                                                   equivalent).                                   leader’s written response to the
                                                                                        For Programme Committees
   Manchester Met and articulated in the                                                                                                                                        Subject External Examiner regard-       Franchised Provision (provision which
   Roles and Responsibilities document         These should be recorded within the                                               Purpose:                                       ing issues raised in the reports        is linked into a Manchester Met home
                                               programme Continuous Improvement         Manchester Met and Partner Link                                                                                                 programme)
   Programme teams should take                 Plan.
                                                                                                                                 To take oversight of matters relating to   iii. Considering and approving pro-
   particular care in respect of collab-                                                                                         the operation, delivery and standards of   gramme development proposals in             The main Programme Committee is
   orative provision to ensure that the        The minutes of each Programme            Confirm Programme Committee              the programme, and to the overall expe-    accordance with the requirements of         normally held at Manchester Met,
   arrangements for collaborative Pro-         Committee meeting must be circulated     (and any sub-committee) dates            rience of students on the programme.       the University’s programme approval,        with each partner delivering elements
   gramme Committees comply with the           to all Programme Committee members       well in advance to ensure optimal                                                   review and modification processes           of the programme holding its own
   Manchester Met published terms of           after each meeting has taken place,      attendance                               Terms of reference:                                                                    sub-Committee that feeds into the main
   reference, and are approved                 so any members who were unable to                                                                                            iv. Considering nominations of Subject      Programme Committee.
   accordingly during the programme            be present have the opportunity to       Arrange, wherever possible,              Programme Committees shall be              External Examiners.
   approval/review process t is the            approach the Chair or Secretary with                                              responsible for:                                                                       Externally Validated Provision (provi-
                                                                                        Programme Committee meetings
   responsibility of eads of Department,       any comments/queries about the issues                                                                                        v. Considering and implementing any         sion which is not linked into a Manches-
   with support from the Manchester Met        discussed at the meeting.
                                                                                        to coincide with Manchester Met
                                                                                                                                 i. Maintaining the academic standards      programme-related policies and actions      ter Met home programme)
   Link Tutor, to ensure that the approved                                              Link Tutor visits to the Partner’s                                                  as determined or referred by Academic
                                                                                                                                 of the programme, and ensuring that
   arrangements for collaborative                                                       premises                                                                            Board, its Committees or Faculty            The Programme Committee is normally
                                                                                                                                 the programme operates in accordance
   Programme Committees take place in                                                                                            with the approved programme specifi-       Executive Group, and advising these         convened by the partner organisation. If
   practice.                                    "The provider actively                  Arrange Skype/videoconferencing          cation.                                    bodies as required to contribute to the     there is more than one partner approved
                                                                                        support to facilitate participation if                                              formulation of institutional academic       to deliver the programme, there should
   The membership of all Programme              engages students,                                                                                                           policy.                                     be one over-arching Programme
                                                                                        the Manchester Met Link Tutor is         ii. Maintaining and enhancing the qual-
   Committees must include student              individually and                        unable to attend in person               ity of students’ learning opportunities,                                               Committee that takes oversight of
   course representation, and be quorate.       collectively, in the quality of                                                  ensuring that issues requiring improve-    vi. Through the programme leader, ad-       the programme as a whole. In such
                                                                                                                                                                            vising the relevant ead of epartment        cases, each partner may decide to
    t is essential that sta and student         their educational                       Manchester Met Link Tutor                ment are addressed, and good practice
                                                                                                                                                                            (or equivalent) or Dean on the resourc-     hold sub-Committees at a local level,
                                                                                                                                 shared, through considering and
   representatives from collaborative           experience."                                                                     approving the programme’s Continuous       es required to support the programme.       which feed into the main Programme
   partners are included in the                                                         Monitor the operation of Pro-                                                                                                   Committee.
                                                                     QAA Quality Code
                                                                                                                                 Improvement Plan. This must include
   membership of Collaborative                                                          gramme Committees to ensure              specific consideration of                  Reporting line:
   Programme Commit-tees. It is important                                               compliance with Manchester Met’s                                                                                                The Programme Committee arrange-
   that the Programme Committee minutes                                                 requirements                                 any issues, both academic and          Faculty Education Committee.                ments for collaborative partners
   record any issues which relate to the                                                                                             non academic, which a ect the                                                      involved in other types of collaborations
   student experience at specific partner                                                                                            quality of the student experience on   Operation and frequency of                  (for example dual awards or joint
   organisation s and that the partner                                                                                               the programme. These issues may        meetings:                                   delivery) shall be included in the Formal
   organisation(s) is clearly identified                                                                                             be raised by students or sta                                                       Agreement between the partner and
                                                                                                                                     information from student surveys,      Programme Committees shall meet no          Manchester Met and articulated in the
   Reporting to the Faculty Education                                                                                                and all other sources of student       less than twice per academic year, and      Programme pecification
   Committee                                                                                                                         opinion including sta student          may meet more frequently if necessary.
                                                                                                                                     liaison Committee meetings and         In the case of students who are not re-     Minutes:
   The action points from Programme                                                                                                  similar, which pertain to the pro-     quired to attend regular campus-based
   Committee meetings should be submit-                                                                                              gramme or the department/faculty       classes, for example collaborative, part-   The action points from Programme
   ted to Faculty Education Committees,                                                                                              arrangements for reporting back to     time, distance and e-learning students,     Committee meetings shall be forwarded
   including any actions under the follow-                                                                                           students and sta on actions taken      virtual meetings of the Programme           to the Faculty Education Committee,
   ing two headings:                                                                                                                 in response to student opinion         Committee may take place.                   including any actions under the follow-
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   ing two headings:
   examples of proven good practice
   which may be shared more widely
   within the faculty
                                                 teaching on, or managing aspects of,
                                                 the programme

                                                 vii. A minimum of one Student Expe-
                                                 rience Support Tutor (or equivalent) or
   issues which need faculty-wide, rather          aculty tudent upport       cer
   than programme-level, resolution
                                                 viii. A minimum of one representative                                                     Assessment provides an opportunity to appraise a
   The full minutes, including action points,    from earning and esearch nforma-
                                                                                              Please note:                                 student’s knowledge, understanding, abilities, practical
   shall be forwarded to members of the          tion ervices
   Programme Committee.                                                                                                                    and intellectual skills here are many di erent forms of
                                                                                              These Terms of Reference allow for
                                                 ix. Up to three co-opted members
                                                  term of o ce years                          variations at Collaborative Partners where   assessment, all of which must comply with Manchester Met’s
                                                                                              necessary, subject to the articulation of
                                                                                              any arrangements being documented in
                                                                                                                                           regulations, policies and procedures.
    i. Chair: Programme Leader                   In the case of collaborative provi-
                                                 sion, the constitution of Programme          t e a ro e Progra         e   eci cation
    ii    o cio     ead of epartment or          Committees may be varied from the
    equivalent)                                  above, subject to articulation in the
                                                 approved programme specification
    iii. Where applicable, a minimum of          All Programme Committees relating to
    three student course representatives         collaborative provision must include                                                      Assessment of Students                           assessment processes will be
    from the full-time route of the pro-         student course representation within                                                                                                       equitable with all students being as-     the intended learning outcome(s) of
    gramme, which may include Combined           their constitution.                                                                       Assessment at Manchester Metropolitan            sessed fairly on their own individual     the unit
       onours combinations                                                                                                                 University is an integrated and integral         merit and ability                         the timetable for teaching the unit
                                                 The minimum number of student course                                                      part of learning and teaching. It is the         the management of assessment              the learning activities that students
    iv. Where applicable, a minimum of           representatives and academic sta                                                          principal instrument with which we               will be just with clearly documented      are expected to undertake in order
    three student course representatives         refers to the programme as a whole, not                                                   recognise and reward student progress,           procedures to support this                to achieve the intended learning
    from the part-time route of the pro-         to each individual course and award list-                                                 provide motivation for further achieve-          the policy and processes of as-           outcomes of the unit, e.g. attend-
    gramme, which may include Combined           ed within the programme specification                                                     ment, identify areas for development             sessment will be subject to regular       ance at lectures, participation in
      onours combinations                                                                                                                  in both teaching and student learning,           monitoring and review                     seminars, background reading
                                                 Quorum:                                                                                   monitor levels of achievement, maintain                                                    the nature of assessment(s), e.g.
    v. Where applicable, a minimum of                                                                                                      academic standards and help to prepare       The Purpose of Assessment                     the type of coursework, the dura-
    three student course representatives         The quorum for the Programme Com-                                                         students for professional life.                                                            tion and style of any examination
    from the distance/e-learning route of        mittee meetings is      of the minimum                                                                                                 The purpose of assessment is to enable        the submission dates for assessed
    the programme, which may include             number of members, however that                                                           The University’s policies and procedures     students to demonstrate achievement           summative coursework
      ombined onours combinations                     is comprised sta , students or,                                                      for the assessment of students must          of the intended learning outcome(s) of        the supervision arrangements
                                                 preferably, a combination of both.                                                        be applied consistently to all students      the unit. A student’s performance in the      for any major pieces of assessed
    vi   minimum of two academic sta                                                                                                       registered on taught courses of study        assessment of units contributing to his       coursework, e.g. projects
                                                                                                                                           except where a course has good               or her programme of study is the major        details of when and how they might
   Other University Committees in relation to Collaborative Partnerships                                                                   grounds for non-alignment, for example       source of evidence used by Assessment         expect feedback on assessments
                                                                                                                                           in order to satisfy the requirements of      Boards in determining progression and         the non-examination assessments
    Academic standards in collaborative          At Faculty level, this includes:                                                          a professional, statutory or regulatory      recommendation for awards of the              that will not be marked anonymous-
    provision are monitored and managed                                                           tutors from Collaborative Partner        body P                                       University.                                   ly
    through the University’s Committee           A Faculty Education Committee (FEC)              organisations onto the ecognised                                                                                                    the contribution that each element
    structure. The Academic Board and            to consider issues relating to the moni-         Tutor Scheme                             The following policy statements under-       At, or before, the commencement of the        of assessment makes to the overall
    its committees are responsible for           toring and enhancement of the student                                                     pin all the ssessment egulations of          teaching of a unit, arrangements should       assessment of the unit outcomes
    overseeing the management and                experience (whether delivered at the            nominations for the appointment of        the University:                              be made to ensure that students receive       a statement of the grading criteria
    enhancement of quality and standards         University or by a collaborative partner)       Subject External Examiners (includ-                                                    the following information in writing:         to be used for each assessment
    across the University.                       and advise the Education Committee on           ing External Examiners appointed              assessment will be valid in relation
                                                 the student educational experience.             where a single-tier Assessment                to its form, quantity, level, content
    The Academic Board is the Universi-                                                          Board structure is operational)               and learning outcomes whilst
    ty’s most senior academic deliberative       To advise Faculty Executive on issues                                                         avoiding assessment overload
    forum. To help it carry out its duties the   relating to the Faculty’s student educa-     The approval of amendments and tutor             assessment will be facilitative and
    Board delegates responsibility for some      tion, including, particularly strategy and   sta are not confirmed until they                 support and promote student learn-
    aspects of quality management and the        policy in relation to learning, teaching     secure FAQSC approval.                           ing by the provision of appropriate
    standard of its taught programmes to         and assessment in connection with all                                                         feedback on students’ performance
    its committees.                              taught award and credit bearing              Once approved at FAQSC,                          assessment processes will be
                                                 provision.                                   nominations for Subject External                 explicit with all parts of the assess-
    At University level, this includes:                                                       Examiners are then submitted to the              ment process being made clear
                                                 A Faculty Academic Quality and               Academic Quality and Standards                   to all parties (students, University
   The Education Committee to advise             Standards Committee (FAQSC) to               Group for final approval via the                 sta , Partner nstitution sta and
   Academic Board on issues relating to          consider for approval:                       External Examining approval process.             External Examiners)
   the student education, including, par-                                                                                                      assessment will be reliable,
   ticularly strategy and policy in relation         certain amendments to                                                                     consistent and reproducible in the
   to learning, teaching and assessment              programmes and courses                                                                    judgements made. The processes
   in connection with all taught award and                                                                                                     will be robust and sta engaged in
   credit bearing provision.                                                                                                                   them will be appropriately trained
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                                                                                                               Actions                                                                                                 "The provider supports all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       students to achieve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       successful academic and
                                                                                               For Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       professional outcomes."
                                                                                               Manchester Met and Partner Link
                                                                                               Tutors                                                                                                                                         QAA Quality Code

                                                                                               Agree responsibilities for ensuring
                                                                                               students registered on Manches-
                                                                                               ter Met programmes or units are
                                                                                               provided with:

                                                                                               - all information relevant to their
                                                                                                assessment (as per The Purpose of
                                                                                                Assessment section)

                                                                                               - assessment requirements and
        any means of communicating                    assessment, without good reason,                                                The Manchester Met Assessment         Boards with essential information about    he ssessment egulations and as-
        information, e.g. Moodle, email,              the Unit Assessment Board will            reg-ulations for programmes of                                              student progression, re-assessment and    sociated appendices are available from
        location of notice boards                     determine that the student has            study                                                                       award he ssessment egulations are         the Academic Quality and Standards
                                                      failed the assessments concerned                                                The Manchester Met Assessment         formally reviewed on an annual basis      Group website
    Any student who, for any reason, was              notify the partner organisation of       - timetables for examinations and       egulations provide students, sta ,   and revised versions published online
    not present when the information above            changes to their term-time or home        submission of other assessed work     partners and members of Assessment    early in each Autumn Term.
    was provided, should take whatever                address and contact details
    steps are necessary to acquire the                notify the Partner of any special        - procedures for the release of
    information.                                      need for which the student will wish                                             longside the egulations, there are a number of supporting documents
                                                                                                marks or grades
                                                      provision to be made in the assess-                                             which outline in detail associated policies and procedures:
    Assessment Responsibilities                       ment of that unit, as described in
                                                      the Manchester Met Assessment            - timely information about student’s
                                                                                                                                      Procedure for andling cademic Misconduct
    It is the responsibility of the University          egulations ssessment rrange-            performance in assessments, in
    and the partner to:                               ments for Disabled Students               accordance with the University
                                                      submit Exceptional Factors claims         policy on feedback on assessed
        assess students fairly                        in accordance with the procedures         work
        satisfy itself that proper invigilation       described in the Manchester Met
                                                      Assessment regulations: Procedure                                                Procedure for tudents at isk of cademic failure
        of examinations is undertaken                                                          - the grounds and procedure for
        ensure that the results of students’          for students to disclose to Boards                                              http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/assessment/docs/
                                                                                                appeal against a decision of an       withdrawal-suspension.pdf
        assessments are published as far              of Examiners exceptional factors
                                                                                                Assessment Board
        as they relate to progression or              a ecting their performance during
        awards of the University                      written examinations or other forms
        issue individually to students, on            of assessment                            - general rules for the conduct of      Procedure for Consideration of Exceptional Factors
        request, their marks or grades                undertake assessments honestly            examinations as approved by           http www mmu ac uk academic cas e regulations assessment docs
                                                      and in a manner that does not             Academic Board                        e ceptional factors pdf
    It is the responsibility of the University        attempt to gain unfair advantage
    to:                                               ascertain the results of their perfor-   - procedures for informing Assess-
                                                      mance in any assessment                   ment Boards of factors that may
        investigate allegations of malprac-                                                                                            Procedure for Academic Appeals
                                                                                                have a ected a student s perfor-      http www mmu ac uk academic cas e regulations assessment docs
        tice during assessment                    The University’s Code of Practice             mance
        consider appeals against decisions        on Assessment of Students                                                           academic appeals pdf
        of the Exceptional Factors Panel,
        Assessment Boards                                                                      - procedures by which allegations
                                                  The University’s Institutional Code of
        assure itself that the partner institu-   Practice on Assessment of Students            of academic misconduct shall be        Student Complaints Procedure
        tion has procedures and processes         articulates baseline requirements for the     considered                            http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/assessment/docs/
        for examining students consistent         design, setting, publication, employment                                            complaints.pdf
        with those of the University              and review of all aspects of assessment.     - procedures by which complaints
                                                  All collaborative partners are required       shall be investigated
    It is the responsibility of students to:      to adhere to these requirements when
                                                  setting assessed work.                       Manchester Met Link Tutor
        undertake the learning activities
        specified for each unit for which         The Code of Practice is available online.    Maintain oversight of information
        they are registered
                                                                                               issued to students
        attend examinations and submit
        work for assessment, including
        for reassessment, as required. If a                                                    Ensure that mechanisms are in
        student fails to attend an examina-                                                    place for regular monitoring of any
        tion or submit work punctually for                                                     responsibilities devolved to the
                                                                                               Partner Link Tutor
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Useful Resources

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Procedures for Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grading, Criteria & Marking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Procedure for the Communi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cation of Assessment Arrange-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ments to students

                                                                                             Lecturer must inform students whether
                                                                                             or not “non-examination” assessments                                                                                                   Moderation of marks both internally

                       Actions                                                               will be marked anonymously.
                                                                                                                                         Academic Board must approve any
                                                                                                                                         variation to this requirement. In such
                                                                                                                                         cases Manchester Met shall ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                      each level. Programme teams may
                                                                                                                                                                                      choose to use similar criteria for particu-
                                                                                                                                                                                      lar tasks at the same level across the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and by the Manchester Met appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    External Examiners(s)
                                                                                             Examination answer books and course-        that those sta teaching and assessing        programme (e.g. essays, presentations,
                                                 Ensure that any information you             work coversheets will facilitate anonymi-                                                                                              Programme teams should record their
     For Assessment Regulations                  provide to the students in relation                                                     students have the subject knowledge          e ams, portfolios , or may use di erent       procedures for verification, marking
                                                                                             ty through use of a student number.         and expertise in the language(s) used,       criteria for each task. Criteria should be
                                                 to assessment directs them to the                                                                                                                                                  and moderation at the beginning of the
     Manchester Met and Partner Link                                                                                                     and shall ensure that appropriately qual-    included in the assignment brief.             academic session.
                                                 AQSG website. Please do not                 Language of Assessment
     Tutors                                                                                                                              ified ternal aminers are appointed
                                                 reproduce or amend the Manches-                                                         Any assessment undertaken using a
     Agree responsibilities for managing         ter Met regulations within your own         All teaching and assessment of units                                                                                             -
                                                                                                                                         language other than English shall be
     the assessment process for your             documentation                               within courses leading to an academic       recorded on the student’s transcript.
                                                                                                                                                                                      tion of Assessment

     Manchester Met course to ensure                                                         award of the University will be in the
                                                                                             English language. The University’s                                                       All summative assignment tasks must
     that all aspects of the Manchester          Manchester Met Link Tutors                                                              Assessment Criteria                          be verified, marked and moderated
     Met procedures and policies are                                                                                                                                                  according to University procedures:
                                                 Submit any requests for variations                                                      The University’s expectations on the

     Check the AQSG website regu-
                                                 or exemptions from the Manchester
                                                 Met ssessment egulations in a                                Actions                    setting of marking criteria are set out in
                                                                                                                                         the procedures for grading
                                                                                                                                                                                      Verification of assessment briefs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For Verification, Marking &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moderation of Assessment
                                                 timely manner, in order to ensure                                                       criteria and marking. Marking criteria
                                                                                                                                                                                      Marking of assessments according to
     larly to ensure that all assessments                                                                                                should be provided for each assignment                                                     Manchester Met and Partner Link
                                                 they are considered by the Univer-                                                                                                   pre specified and clear marking criteria,     Tutors
     are undertaken in accordance with                                                                                                   task, and the institutional standards
                                                 sity in advance of implementation.          For Anonymous Marking                                                                    including re uirements for first, second
     the requirements articulated in the                                                                                                 descriptors should form the basis for
                                                 Do not assume that such requests                                                                                                     and third marking.
     current version of the assessment                                                                                                   the development of these criteria at                                                       Agree responsibilities for ensuring
                                                 will be approved and do not                 Manchester Met and Partner Link
     regulations                                                                             Tutors                                                                                                                                 that the verification of assessment
                                                 implement any changes until formal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    briefs, marking of work and the
                                                 approval has been confirmed
     Partner Link Tutors                                                                     Agree responsibilities for ensuring                                                                                                    moderation of marks is undertaken

                                                                                             that students are provided with                                                                                                        in accordance with Manchester
     Liaise with the Manchester Met              Liaise with Professional Services
                                                                                             written information confirming the                                                                                                     Met’s requirements, and that the
     Link Tutor to ascertain whether             staff to ensure that full and
                                                                                             Manchester Met procedures re-                                                                                                          External Examiner is involved in this
     any variations or exemptions from           accurate assessment data is
                                                                                             garding anonymous marking                                                                                                              process
     the Manchester Met Assessment               available and for consideration by                                                      For Assessment Criteria
       egulations are re uired                   the relevant Assessment Board                                                                                                            submitting the modification to
                                                                                             Apply Manchester Met’s proce-               Manchester Met and Partner Link                                                            Decide an appropriate sample for
                                                                                                                                                                                        the ACT for consideration at the
                                                                                             dures for anonymous marking                 Tutors                                                                                     verification and internal and e ter-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Faculty Academic Quality and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nal moderation
    Anonymous Marking                            of instruction his definition is intended                                               Ensure that the assessment tasks               Standards Committee
                                                                                             Contact the Centre for Excel-               given to students re ect what is
                                                 to include practices variously known,                                                                                                                                              Manchester Met Link Tutors
                                                 inter alia, as ‘examinations’, ‘open book   lence in Learning and Teaching for          published in the nit pecification
    The University supports a policy of
    anonymous marking of all assessments         examinations’, ‘mid- term exams’ and        guidance on the application of the                                                       Be aware that retrospective ap-
                                                                                             procedures for anonymous marking                                                         proval of amendments will not be              Maintain oversight of all agreed
    (i.e. the name of the student is masked      ‘in-class testing’.”                                                                    If changes to assessment tasks are           approved                                      assessment arrangements
    from the marker).                                                                                                                    required Agree responsibilities for
                                                 Where assessments are conducted and         Manchester Met Link Tutors                  arranging for formal approval of any
    All assessments taken under examina-         marked using computer aided assess-                                                                                                                                                Ensure regular monitoring of any
                                                                                                                                         changes via the CPARA process.               Do not assume that all requests for
    tion conditions will be marked anony-        ment software, anonymity is assumed.        Maintain oversight of information                                                        amendments to assessment cri-                 responsibilities devolved to the
                                                                                                                                         This requires:
    mously. “Examination” for this purpose,                                                  issued to students                                                                       teria will be approved, and do not            Partner Link Tutor
    is defined as any assessment taken           Wherever practicable all non-exam-
    within a constrained period of time, in a    ination assessments will be marked                                                      - consultation with those students           implement any changes until formal
                                                                                             Monitor practices to ensure that                                                         approval has been confirmed by                Agree with the Partner Link Tutor
    set location, following a specified rubric   anonymously. The Partner Institution                                                      who are impacted by the change
                                                                                             wherever possible Manchester                                                             Manchester Met                                how to oversee all communication
                                                                                                                                         - Obtaining approval from the pro-
                                                                                             Met’s procedures for anonymous                                                                                                         with the External Examiner(s)
                                                                                                                                           gramme External Examiner(s)
                                                                                             marking are applied
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