Academic Policy Handbooks – Bath Spa University

Academic Governance and Policy provides handbooks and guidelines for a number of services relating to academic quality and standards

Handbooks and documents

We have created document templates and handbooks for the below sections. To download a copy of these handbooks, please visit the Academic Policy Handbooks section of the staff intranet (login required). 

To request a copy of any of these materials, please contact

Collaborative provision

The purpose of the collaborative provision handbook is to provide information and guidance on the processes that are in place for

  • Establishing new partnerships
  • The means by which partners are approved to deliver programmes in collaboration with the University
  • Ongoing quality management and operational support of all partners.

All forms relevant to the process are included as part of the handbook. 

External examiners

Our guidance on External Examiners and their role and processes within the University can be found in the External examiner handbook

It contains guidance on how to nominate and appoint an external examiner (including nomination forms), information about their role, the annual reporting process and the role of the School.


The modifications process enables staff to make amendments to their programmes or to existing modules, to add new modules or delete obsolete ones. Modifications can only be made at specific times during the academic year.

For details of the process please refer to the Modifications handbook.

Programme design

The design of new programmes is undertaken by a programme design team. The process makes provision for consultation with key internal stakeholders who can advise on planning for delivery and detailed programme design. For details of the process please refer to the Programme design handbook.

Suspensions and discontinuations

The University recognises that, occasionally, it may be necessary and/or appropriate to cease offering a named award (including a pathway or mode of delivery). This may take the form of a suspension of recruitment, which is for a maximum of one year, or discontinuation of the named award.

For details of this process please refer to the Suspension of recruitment and discontinuation of a named award handbook.

Quality standards and checks

The Quality and Standards checks are the University’s approach to monitoring. As a bi-annual process, it is a fundamental part of the academic year cycle and provides opportunity for enhancement and the sharing of good practice.

For further details of this process, please refer to the Quality and standards checks handbook.

Quinquennial enhancement review

Quinquennial enhancement review provides an opportunity to review the provision within a School and to identify enhancement opportunities. Quinquennial enhancement review facilitates the use of reflection to inform change.

For further details of the process, please refer to the Quinquennial enhancement review handbook.

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