Academic Quality

We aim to embed quality assurance and enhancement within the academic community, and to ensure that systems are fit for purpose within the context of a small specialist institution.

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) in January 2017.  The College is responsible for managing its academic standards and the quality and enhancement of teaching and learning. The College validates all of its taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. ( although a small number of students on BA (Hons) Opera Studies continue to be registered with The University of Manchester which was the College’s previous validator. Final authority for overseeing academic standards and conferring academic awards rests with the College’s Academic Board.

Rose Bruford College has devised structures and processes that are designed to: 

a)   Take account of the Themes and Advice & Guidance published for providers of HE education by the  QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education

b)   Facilitate the involvement of academic staff at all levels in the management and maintenance of academic standards

c)   Ensure externality is exercised in the maintenance of academic standards for taught provision and in ensuring the rigorous but fair assessment of students through its External Examiners.  (They assure that academic standards are as consistent as possible across all UK Higher Education institutions and in particular that study leading to a degree (or similar qualification) awarded at the College is for work of at a least a comparable standard with that gained elsewhere.)

The College maintains the following quality assurance and enhancement processes:

  • Programme Validation
  • Programme approval and modification
  • Periodic review
  • Annual review of programmes
  •  External examiner nomination and reporting
  • Programme Committees
  • Student surveys including the National Student Survey

The Academic Board, chaired by the Principal, is the senior academic body of the institution and has responsibility and authority over academic standards in the institution, receiving periodic review and validation reports. Authority is delegated from the Board to a number of its sub-committees, including Learning Quality and Standards Committee, Academic Development Committee and School Boards.

The College attaches much importance to student involvement in quality assurance processes and students are represented at every level of the College’s Committee structure.