The Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) is a sector wide approach for the enhancement of quality in Scottish HEIs and encompasses the following five aspects:
QuEST aims to work in partnership with Schools, Programme Boards, SAUWS and Professional Service Departments to enhance the student experience through planned and deliberate steps in line with the University's strategic approach to quality.
In UWS, QuEST oversees the implementation of the Quality Code for Higher Education and advises staff on policy and procedures via the Quality Handbook. The Quality Handbook includes the following sections:
Through engagement with External Partners, QuEST will:
QuEST works in partnership with SAUWS on the implementation of the University's Student Representation Policy. QuEST in partnership with SAUWS supports training for student representatives through the Institutional Associate Trainer Scheme and through liaison with sparqs. QuEST maintains the database of student representatives and works closely with School Service Delivery Officers to ensure this is updated on an annual basis.
In advancing the enhancement agenda for UWS QuEST actively supports the following key decision making bodies:
Student Experience Group
Learning Teaching and Assessment Board (LTAB) and its sub groups:
QuEST also suppports the following:
Through professional support for LTAB, QuEST assists in monitoring the implementation of the University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (LTAS).
The Quality Handbook is a definitive source of policy and procedures for the assurance and enhancement of academic quality. The Quality Handbook, which is updated on an annual basis, reflects current sectoral guidance and meets the expectations of the Quality Code for Higher Education and other external reference points.