Curriculum: Glossary of Common HE and MMU Acronyms

AB Academic Board - The Academic Board advises the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s academic and other activities.  In particular it considers and advises on matters relating to awarding taught and research degrees.

Associate Lecturer – Hourly paid teaching staff, sometimes known as sessional staff.


The Academic Quality and Standards Committee has delegated responsibility for the operation of academic quality and standards.

CASQE CASQE is the Centre for Academic Standards & Quality Enhancement. It functions as the administrative arm of the Academic Board’s Academic Development Committee. It is responsible for the maintenance of academic standards and the promotion of quality enhancement for all taught courses.

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - department which supports all aspects of learning and teaching development, including student experience, course development and the scholarship of learning and teaching. And CPD, of course!


The Course Improvement Plan is the document which programme teams produce as part of the annual monitoring exercise. It reviews actions from the previous year and summarises planned actions for the coming year. It forms part of the Continuous Monitoring and Improvement process.


The Continuous Monitoring and Improvement process is the regular review of programmes, taking into account data from student satisfaction, assessment and progression boards, DLHE and other relevant areas. The CMI dashboard collects together key information about each programme to help with decision-making.

DAF (and its verb, ‘daffing’) Document Approval Form – this is a form used as a checklist for all the documentation needed in a Programme Approval or Review submission.
DLHE The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education is an annual survey which records whether graduates are in further study or employment six months after the end of their courses.
FAQSC Faculty version of the AQSC – reports back to AQSC
FEG Faculty Executive Group – composed of the Dean, Heads of Department and other senior members of the Faculty, this group takes decisions about strategy and resources, including whether or not to plan new programme
FHEQ Framework for Higher Education Qualifications – UK framework for describing, in very broad terms, expectations for awards from  level 4 (first year undergraduate) to level 8 (doctoral level). Part of the national qualification framework
FSEC Faculty version of the SEC – reports back to SEC
HEA Higher Education Academy - the professional body for teachers in Higher Education. The HEA has a professional recognition scheme, which MMU is accredited to offer. This is free of charge to MMU staff.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the body which oversees the distribution of government financial support to Universities. They decide how many students we get funded for, what support we get for research and what money we can have for special initiatives such as Widening Participation or eLearning and have oversight of quality initiatives.

HESA The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects statistics on activity in UK universities. There is a lot of useful publicly available information on their website
PEAR/PARM Programme Approval, Review and Amendment. See this page on the CASQE site which contains links to information about all aspects of the process and includes copies of all the necessary forms.
PS1 Programme Specification form – the definitive source of information about a programme. See here for a list of all approved specifications at MMU, organised by faculty.
PSRB Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies - these are organisations which may validate or monitor certain professionally linked programmes: eg the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the HEA (for teachers in HE) the Nursing and Midwifery Council and many more with which MMU works to ensure appropriate professional standards.
QAA The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education exists to "safeguard and help to improve the academic standards and quality of higher education in the UK. ". It provides guidance on QE matters and inspects and reports on provision. It also collects and supports subject benchmark statements.
RKE The Research and Knowledge Exchange office manages research degrees, supports applications for research funding, and liaises with external organisations interested in working with MMU on research activities

Strategic approval is the mechanism used by the University to ensure that any proposed or existing provision leading to an award of the University meets requirements for relevance and viability. A SAF is the form which is used to request strategic approval.

SET Student Experience Tutors are based in departments or faculties. They have different roles depending on the needs of the students and staff they are working with.
SSO Student Support Officers are based in each faculty to provide guidance on any aspect of student life. 
TRSN The name of the form used to request the appointment of an associate lecturer (AL).