Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

USW Policy Framework

USW Policy Framework

CELT’s work is guided by, connects to, and supports a variety of USW strategies, policies and process around learning, teaching and assessment (as well as wider policies). This page sets out how we interact with each of policies as well as providing links to the policies themselves.

Academic Workload Model

The University of South Wales has adopted a Workload Model which will provide a fair, transparent and effective framework for the allocation and distribution of academic workloads across the University and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) for all staff on Higher Education contracts.

This document & supporting information is currently under review.  Please contact [email protected] should you require further information


Course and module leader indicative responsibilities

The Course Leader Indicative Responsibilities are intended to give academic staff who have course  leadership as part of their role an indication as to the type and level of associated responsibilities.

The Module Leader Indicative Responsibilities are intended to give academic staff who have module leadership as part of their role an indication as to the type and level of associated responsibilities.


Course leader handbook

A handbook has been created as a resource for course leaders. The handbook is a template and faculties are empowered to amend/add to it as suits local circumstances.

  • Course Leader Handbook 2020/21- English.



Course Handbook 

All courses must provide students with a course handbook to give students and overview of their expected learning. This handbook should be placed in the Course Organisation on Blackboard. 

The Course Handbook template can now be found on Faculty Quality Sharepoint sites.

Please note: A Welsh language handbook needs to be available to all students who have requested correspondence in Welsh (the list is available on Quercus) and all students studying in Welsh. Students can also request for a copy of the handbook in Welsh or English regardless of the above. Any additional text produced by the faculties will need to be translated accordingly.  


Academic Plan

The Academic Plan outlines the way in which we aim to enhance the student and stakeholder experience in order to meet our vision. Building on our locally rooted foundations and exciting global connections as the largest university in Wales, and one of the largest in the UK, we will focus on distinctiveness in our programmes and research, offering exceptional learning experiences and undertaking applied research and innovation for a clear purpose.

Ensuring that our students are engaged in learning through active participation and simulation will be at the heart of our offer alongside a focus on preparing our students for 21st Century employment.


Academic Blueprint

The academic blueprint for undergraduate courses is an important tool to ensure consistency in our approach to developing and implementing our teaching and learning. CELT can support academics to implement the plan and design modules that enable academic staff to focus course developments on innovation in pedagogy.


Reflection and Observation of Practice Scheme (ROPS)

The aim of the Reflection and Observation of Practice Scheme is to facilitate the sharing of critical reflective practice between colleagues as part of their staff development activity. CELT maintains guidance for the scheme and provides staff development and training on reflective practice, mentoring, and all elements of enhancing teaching and learning.

    Assessment Life Cycle

    All information pertaining to assessment can now be found on our new Assessment Life Cycle Hub website (USW staff only).

    If you are not a member of staff at USW, you can email [email protected] for more information about our Assessment Life Cycle.

    Virtual Learning Environment Course & Module Baseline Expectations

    This document can now be found on the internal DEAL Sharepoint site here.


    Guidance on the use of audio-visual tools for online learning and teaching in the DEAL Framework

    The development of the DEAL Framework and the consequences of the significant changes that have come about as a result of the need to move more learning and teaching online has led to a more pressing need for guidance on the use of lecture capture and webinar tools in particular.

    Download the guidance document


    Module and Course Evaluation

    LOOP enables students to provide feedback at both module and course level in one application. Tools are being developed to permit staff (depending on their role) to run reports at module, course, school and faculty level.


    Social Software in Learning and Teaching

    The University of South Wales believes that there are a number of benefits to using social software in learning and teaching. This document offers guidance on how best to use it and outlines some examples of how it might be used.

    This document & supporting information is currently under review.  Please contact [email protected] should you require further information


    Mobile Devices in Classrooms

    The University encourages students to make use of laptops and mobile devices in their learning, teaching and assessment. The following guidelines, approved by Academic Board, are provided so that staff and students can make effective use of such devices in a formal learning and teaching environment.

    This document & supporting information is currently under review.  Please contact [email protected] should you require further information


    IT Policies

    IT Services has a range of policies that impact on the use of technology for learning and teaching.