Theme 1: Leadership & Management of Teaching & Learning


The following is a collection of AQA resources and selected external weblinks intended to assist New Zealand universities in facilitating excellent student experience and learning outcomes. These pages relate to each of the seven academic activity themes of Cycle 5, plus the overarching topic of 'self-review'. It should be noted that useful and relevant resources are not necessarily limited to those included here. In addition, because of the historical and reflective nature of audit, new or different practices may have emerged including within universities not identified here.

Please note: Where a resource does not derive from an AQA activity, we offer these on the basis that have been assessed or validated by another reputable agency. Readers should note that good practice takes place in context; any activity identified as good practice must be assessed by potential users for relevance and applicability to the context in which it might be used.

Theme 1: Leadership & Management of Teaching & Learning

The Cycle 5 academic audit framework included six Guideline Statements under this Academic Activity Theme:

1.1 Delegations
Universities should have clear delegations for decision-making related to teaching and learning quality and research supervision, and for accountability for quality assurance of programmes and courses.

1.2 Strategic and operational planning
Universities should have appropriate strategic and operational planning documents which include objectives related to student achievement and teaching quality, with key performance indicators which inform academic quality assurance processes.

1.3 Student input
Universities should facilitate student input to planning, policy development and monitoring of key academic activities.

1.4 Infrastructure
Universities should have strategies and/or use processes for ensuring that their teaching and learning spaces and facilities are appropriate for their teaching and learning needs.

1.5 Information resources
Universities should use processes for ensuring that their information resources are appropriate and sufficient for research-informed teaching and learning.

1.6 Risk management
Universities should have recovery plans and procedures which are designed to facilitate continuity of teaching and learning in instances of infrastructure system failure.

AQA Resources

AQA, 2014. New Zealand University Cycle 5 academic audit reports. (see recommendations, commendations and affirmations) *

AQA, 2014. USP Academic Audit 2013.

AQA, 2013. Cycle 5 Academic Audit Handbook for Universities.

AQA, 2013. Academic Quality in New Zealand Universities: An analysis of academic audit findings 2008 - 2012.

AQA, 2008 - 2012. Cycle 4 academic audit reports. (see recommendations, commendations and affirmations)

Other Resources

Ako Aotearoa New Zealand, TeLRG and New Zealand Tertiary College, 2014. e-learning guidelines

Ako Aotearoa and NZUSA, 2013.The Student Voice: Effective Student Representation and Quality.

Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Australia), 2010 onwards. Research publications (link to resources).

EDUCAUSE, 2009 onwards. Learning Space resources (various) including empirical research on learning environments.

Professor Mike Keppell, Associate Professor Gordon Suddaby, Ms Natasha Hard - commissioned by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 2011. Good Practice Report: Technology-enhanced Learning and Teaching.

Ministry of Education (NZ), 2010. Organisational approaches to e-learning in the tertiary sector: An annotated bibliography.

OECD, 2012. Approaches to Internationalisation and Their Implications for Strategic Management and Institutional Practice.

OECD, 2010. Governance and Quality Guidelines in Higher Education.

Office for Learning and Teaching (Australia), various. Good Practice Resources (searchable database).

QAA, 2013. UK Quality Code for Higher Education. (see B3: Learning and teaching)

SPARQS, n.d. A Student Engagement Framework for Scotland. Framework and resources created by sparqs (Student Participation in Quality Scotland).


Last updated: July 2018