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Acronyms, terminology, and useful websites

Baffled by all the jargon there is in higher education? This section provides useful acronyms and terminology relating to higher education both at De Montfort University (DMU) and nationally, with links through to websites for further information.

This information has been collated by the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ), and presented below for your use. Please contact Suzanne Nelson| with any queries. 

 

Acronym/term

Description

Category

PG

Postgraduate

National

PMB

Programme management board – refers to the programme board| when it meets in management mode.

DMU

PPMC

Postgraduate Programmes Management Committee| is responsible for issues relating to taught postgraduate provision. Relates to UMC|.

DMU

PRES

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey| is a national survey conducted by the HEA| which gathers the views of postgraduate research students on their learning experience.

Student survey (National)

Programme board

In management mode, the programme board is responsible for the overall academic management, development and quality assurance of the programme. In assessment mode, it is responsible for awarding marks at module level, reviewing student performance at module and programme level, making decisions in relation to student progression to levels of study, and recommending awards.

DMU

Programme leader

Programme leader| is responsible for academic leadership, programme management, and assessment for the programme.

DMU

Programme team

The identified group of staff involved in programme delivery and development.

DMU

PSRB

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body is an organisation (professional, statutory, or regulatory) which recognises or accredits programmes.

National

PTES

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey| is a national survey conducted by the HEA| which gathers the views of taught postgraduate students on their learning experience.

Student survey (National)

PVC

Pro Vice-Chancellor

National

QA

Quality assurance

National

QAA

The role of the Quality Assurance Agency| is to uphold quality and standards in UK universities and colleges.

Quality and standards (National)

QAEC Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee| is responsible to Academic Board for university learning and teaching strategies and policies, and the maintenance and enhancement of quality and standards. DMU

QE

Quality enhancement

National

QLF

Finance system

DMU

QLS

Student record system

DMU

RTC

Required technical corrections (applied in relation to programme validation) are items that are not serious enough to inhibit commencement of the programme, but that do need to be addressed prior to it starting.

DMU

SEC Student Engagement Committee is responsible to Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee| for overseeing the strategic co-ordination of student surveys, the student charter|, Key Information Sets (KIS) and other publicly available data on behalf of the university. DMU

SED

Self-Evaluation Document| is the key document produced by the subject team in relation to periodic review.

DMU

SEEC

Previously known as South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation & Transfer| (no longer an acronym) is a credit consortium for universities in the south and southern midlands providing information about credit frameworks. Relates to NUC|.

Awarding body/agency (National)

SPS

Strategic Planning Services| support strategic and operational planning within the university.

DMU

SSCC

Staff Student Consultative Committee provides an opportunity for student feedback to be received and actioned at programme level.

DMU

SWOT

A type of analysis which looks at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

National

Tech

Faculty of Technology

DMU

TEL

Technology-Enhanced Learning. Now known as Enhanced Learning through Technology (ELT).

DMU

 

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