In September 2007, BPP University made history by becoming the first publicly owned company in the UK to obtain degree awarding powers.
This process involved making a detailed application to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education in the United Kingdom, which acts on behalf of the Privy Council. This application covered all aspects of BPP University's governance, management, educational provision, resourcing and quality assurance.
The Privy Council's approval of our degree awarding powers and our subsequent status as a University confirmed that BPP University has achieved the standards to be expected from a UK degree awarding body. The QAA report provides evaluation (see report below).
- Download the 2007 QAA Report (PDF, 202KB)
- Privy Council Order confirming Degree Awarding Powers (PDF, 828KB)
In 2012 BPP University received its regular 6 yearly institutional review by the UK QAA. This is the process of quality assurance that all Universities in the UK are subject to and requires each University to produce an action plan to respond to issues raised in the review. The QAA confirmed that BPP University meets the standards expected of a UK degree awarding body and had examples of best practice in the sector. The QAA's report of that review can be viewed here and the action plan for BPP University can be viewed here
Our governance structures are set out below.
Mechanism of governance
BPP University is governed and managed through:
- The General Academic Regulations (PDF, 388KB) and sub-regulatory instruments
- The Quality Assurance Procedures (PDF, 64KB)
- The Committee Structure
Our principles and philosophies are governed by the standards of our committees and our Academic Council. Together we decide any actions and how to communicate them.
General Academic Regulations
The General Academic Regulations are the most senior rules governing the academic operation of BPP University:
- Download General Academic Regulations (PDF, 388KB)
They are supported by four further levels of regulation and guidance which make up our regulatory framework:
- The Manual of Policies and Procedures (PDF, 387KB)
- The University Handbook (PDF, 2.5MB)
- The Programme Handbooks.
- Forms and guidance.
The regulatory framework is intended to ensure that:
- The aims set out in our mission statement are pursued effectively.
- There is public confidence in the quality of our programmes and scholarship, and in the standards of our academic awards.
- Students and staff have a robust framework for the management of academic award programmes.
- The framework is also flexible in design. This means that we can respond to the changing needs of society while safeguarding BPP University as an academic community.
BPP University's committee structure is designed to combine business efficiency with innovation and best practice. The main committees are:
- The Academic Council – the most senior body with responsibility for our academic governance and policy, standards and quality. The Academic Council has a voting majority of independent members who represent the wider UK Higher Education sector. No award of BPP University can be made without the approval of the Academic Council. The powers of the Academic Council are contained within the regulations devolved by the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors – operates in partnership with the Academic Council on matters relating to academic provision. The Board of Directors is chaired by a Senior Non-Executive Director and includes both executive and non-executive directors. The Board of Directors have devolved powers to the Academic Council in relation to academic matters.
- The Education and Training Committee – is the engine room of the University's committee structure and the most senior internal academic committee. The Education Training Committee reports directly to the Academic Council.
- The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Enhancement Committee – acts as a cross-University forum for capturing, developing and disseminating best practice. The current strategy for Learning and Teaching at BPP University can be found here
- School Boards – the main conduit for our academic voice, central to monitoring standards and quality. Each School has its own board comprising of members of faculty, students and supporting staff.
- Programme Committee, Module Teams, Staff Student Liaison Committee – these review and preview delivery and identify and act upon any immediate initiatives or issues.