Cranfield seeks to provide its students with the best possible educational experience. We set and maintain high academic standards for teaching and learning across all our programmes, supported by robust quality assurance policies and procedures.

Quality Assurance is underpinned by our Education and Research Strategies, our Knowledge Exploitation Strategy and is based on the University Charter and Statutes.

Handbooks

Monitoring

Annual reflective reviews of courses and periodic Senate reviews of Schools and focussed reviews are conducted for internal quality assurance of academic provision.

  • Annual reflective review
  • Senate reviews of Schools
  • Senate focused reviews

External validation is carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Programme and course approval

Robust committee structures are used to:

  • set up new courses
  • set up academic partnerships
  • monitor and act upon student feedback from internal and external surveys
  • encourage student representation and participation
  • ensure high standards through use of
    • external examiners
    • industry links
    • leading-edge research
    • research-informed teaching
The assessment of all postgraduate courses of the University are subject to agreed qualitative criteria.

Student surveys

We are committed to providing a positive student experience and capture feedback through a number of mechanisms including internal and national student surveys, to enhance the quality of our provision. 

Survey feedback is reported on an annual basis and reviewed by Teaching and Research Committees, Senior Management and Departments heads, to enable a process of continuous improvement of the student experience.

Alongside our internal Student Satisfaction and Early Experience surveys, we capture the academic experience of our students through the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), both run by the Higher Education Academy.

The success of our graduates is monitored through the national Destination of Leavers survey which shows 92% of our graduates are in relevant employment or further study within six months of graduation, securing jobs in some of the world’s best known companies including Nissan, Oxfam, Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Williams F1, Water-Aid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls Royce, Veolia, Kraft and GlaxoSmithKline to name a few.


Erasmus charter 2014-2020

View our Erasmus Charter for Higher Education awarded by the European Commission.

Student charter

Cranfield is committed to supporting our learners as they work towards fulfilling their academic and personal potential. Together as staff and learners, we form a community working to facilitate learning within a culture based on mutual respect in which individual rights and responsibilities, and diverse needs are promoted.

The Student Charter is a reference point for learners and staff to consider the nature of the rights and responsibilities of all those included within Cranfield’s community. It does not constitute a legally binding contract, but gives an overview of how we work together to establish and maintain our unique learning and living culture. Our Student Charter has been jointly developed by the University and Cranfield's Students’ Association (CSA).