Quality Assurance (all programmes)


KR: Universities must have robust quality assurance mechanisms in place for all aspects of its programmes
  • A clear quality assurance framework should be in place and actively applied to ensure that outcome standards are appropriate, consistent and fair 
  • QA processes must at least assure that:
    • programmes are adequately supported by learning resources
    • agreed specifications are followed
    • assessments are set at the appropriate standard
    • assessment processes are impartial and robust
    • successful students achieve the stated learning outcomes and are graded accordingly
    • students can progress fairly and effectively
    • content and assessments are regularly reviewed 
KR: Resources devoted to a programme should provide students with a suitably supportive environment so enabling them to be successful in achieving the stated learning outcomes
  • RSC accredited degree programmes must be delivered by an appropriate level of fully-qualified, full and/or part-time staff (academic, administrative and technical) who are knowledgeable and suitably skilled in the areas they are teaching and able to set assessments to an appropriate standard 
  • Universities are expected to provide evidence that students on an accredited programme are adequately supported by appropriate learning resources and support such as computing and communication facilities (access to software, internet and email) and suitable library provision, including appropriate accessibility to key textbooks, major online chemical databases and the primary chemical literature, such as the range of peer-reviewed journals published by the RSC 
  • Lecture theatres and classrooms should have demonstration facilities, projection capabilities and internet access. Laboratories should adhere to strict safety guidelines and should house appropriate instrumentation for teaching and research, which should be up to date, high quality and properly maintained 
  • Ultimately, adequate support is judged by whether or not the resources devoted to a programme provide students with a suitably supportive environment so enabling them to be successful in achieving the stated learning outcomes