Central Quality Office

What do we do?


Quality assurance and enhancement

  • Key contact for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) co-ordinating responses to relevant consultations.
  • Supporting the University's compliance with OfS registration.
  • Support the development of new collaborative initiatives.


Approval and review

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


Quality Assurance Handbook: Taught Programmes


External Examining

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


Other responsibilities

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

Who are we?

Periodic Review

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

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

Periodic Review procedure and outcomes

Quality Assurance Handbook 2018/19 (taught programmes)

Key quality assurance processes, forms and guidance for taught programmes in 2018/19.

Quality Assurance Handbook 2018/19

Wider Information

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

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

Our Wider Information

External examining (taught programmes)

Are you an External Examiner?

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

External examining (taught programmes)