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As part of the University’s quality assurance framework, Continuous Action for Programme Enhancement (CAPE) is a key mechanism by which the University can assure itself of the quality, and maintain the academic standards, of its programmes.  CAPE enables programme teams to reflect and act upon relevant programme-level information within their normal cycle of business, reducing duplication of effort; and enables Faculties/committees to make judgments on the School/programme team’s analysis of pertinent data and actions to address concerns or disseminate good practice. This work forms a significant part of the basis on which Academic Council seeks to provide assurance to Senate on the following matters, so that Senate may provide the required annual assurances to the Department for the Economy:

  1. Students’ academic experience at Queen’s is of an appropriate quality, and robust and appropriate methodologies are in place to ensure the continuous improvement of the student academic experience.
  2. Student outcomes are of an appropriate quality, and robust and appropriate methodologies are in place to ensure the continuous improvement of student outcomes.
  3. Degree standards are set and maintained at an appropriate level.
  • The CAPE Cycle

    Figure 1 demonstrates the anticipated continuous nature of CAPE, with programme teams reviewing and reflecting on data, and planning and taking action throughout the academic year.  To facilitate effective CAPE, it is recommended that CAPE sections are discussed within regular Faculty meetings with Directors of Education/Graduate Studies/Chairs of School Postgraduate Research Committees (or equivalent), and the Quality Assurance and Regulations team in Academic Affairs (Mrs Jenny Brown for UG, Dr David Coleman for PGT, and Dr Michelle Spence for RDP).  An indicative timetable has been provided to support Faculty agenda planning.

    Figure 1: CAPE Cycle

  • CAPE Review

    Figure 2 presents the main steps for CAPE Review, with Schools receiving feedback on their CAPE reports, Faculty Action Plans, and the Institutional Action Plan arising from CAPE Review.

    Figure 2: CAPE Review

  • CAPE Reports Deadlines

    Faculty Deans with responsibility for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree programmes, respectively, agreed how programmes will be grouped within separate CAPE reports.  Reporting templates have been prepared in accordance with these groupings, and are available for updating via SharePoint.  Exemplars and the CAPE Guidance for Programme Teams (to be updated for the 2018-19 cycle) are also available via SharePoint to enable effective engagement by Programme Teams and Faculty Review Panels.

    Note: Generic tables have been included in the initial reporting templates uploaded to SharePoint.  However, tables will be adjusted to fit the Qsis data for particular programmes (e.g. for specific degree classifications), providing bespoke programme reports.  The Course Information Team will populate the relevant data in accordance with the schedule provided.  Academic Affairs will populate the relevant data within the following sections by September 2019:

    1. Section 1: Impact of Previous Actions
    2. Section 2c: External Evaluations (RDP)
    3. Section 7: External Evaluations (UG)


    The deadline for the submission of completed CAPE reports is:

    Undergraduate Programmes:                       13 December 2019

    Research Degree Programmes:                    13 December 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Programmes:               28 February 2020