Edinburgh Business School is part of Heriot-Watt University.
With a history dating back to 1821, it is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. The University was granted its Royal Charter in 1966.
Heriot-Watt's reputation has been built on sustained success in research and teaching. The University prides itself on the high quality of its provision and is committed to maintaining high standards and continually enhancing its quality in all areas.
Edinburgh Business School is the graduate school of business at the University and operates within the University's extensive arrangements for quality assurance.
Academic standards are set and maintained in the assessment process through the approval of programmes, periodic review and the use of external examiners – independent academic peers from other institutions.
The academic provision of Heriot-Watt University is compliant with the academic infrastructure developed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which governs the structure, content and standards of higher education in the UK. It is also compliant with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, which sets out the requirements for different awards in terms of credit and level.
At subject level, programmes comply with national subject benchmark statements developed by the QAA and any professional body requirements as appropriate to the subject area. Heriot-Watt University is responsible for developing and implementing quality assurance processes. These ensure that academic standards are maintained and that processes are operating effectively. These processes are subject to external scrutiny and review by the QAA. The University’s quality assurance procedures are summarised in a series of briefing papers.
For EBS, as for all other Schools, these responsibilities are fulfilled through:
(1) The approval of new programmes and awards by the University's Postgraduate Studies Committee.
(2) Representation on University committees, including the Quality, Enhancement and Standards Committee.
(3) A process of internal review (every five years), which involves a detailed scrutiny and assessment of the quality of EBS programmes, the quality of academic and administrative systems and of the student experience. The most recent review took place in May 2012
(4) A process of annual monitoring and review, which ensures that EBS programmes continue in good health:
(5) An assessment and examination process that is governed by University-approved regulations and involves a board of examiners to ensure that every assessment is at an appropriate standard. External examiners sit on the board and are responsible for ensuring that the assessment procedures are conducted in accordance with the regulations and that the standards of assessment are appropriate, fair and comparable with other institutions in the UK sector.
(6) Processes for obtaining and reviewing student feedback on all aspects of our programmes; the views of students are particularly important to EBS as we believe that these provide one of the truest indicators of quality. The vast majority of student feedback is very favourable, particularly with regard to the flexibility offered by EBS programmes.
EBS is a truly international school. We take particular care to comply with registration and quality requirements set by different authorities across the world. Both independently, and through our Learning Partners, EBS ensures that the necessary registrations are in place with each country's Ministry of Education or other legislative bodies. Our programmes are, for example, approved in Trinidad, Mauritius, Jordan, Singapore and Hong Kong.