Academic Office

The Academic Office supports faculties, schools and services to maintain excellence in learning and teaching at Victoria.

Victoria is committed to providing a holistic learning, teaching and student experience that is second to none. Its research-enriched learning culture aims to be characterised by professional course and programme design that fosters a high level of student engagement.

The Academic Office reports to the Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) along with Student Academic Services and the Centre for Academic Development. These units support faculties, schools and services to create a platform for academic success.

Dr Leanne Ivil, the Director of the Academic Office, leads a team responsible for the oversight of academic quality processes.

Academic Quality Assurance

The Academic Office leads the development and implementation of the policies and processes necessary for a comprehensive quality framework in learning and teaching at Victoria University.

Academic quality audit

The Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) conducts audits on a five yearly cycle. We manage the academic audits for the University.

Contact: Martin Boswell

Academic statutes and policies 

We coordinate the development, approval and review of the statutes and policies that support quality academic processes and outcomes. 

Contact: Jenny Christie

Assessment policy and procedures 

We oversee the Assessment Handbook that sets out the responsibilities for the design, implementation and monitoring of assessment in all credit-bearing, taught courses offered by the University. 

Contact: Jenny Christie 

Course and qualification approvals 

We manage the approval processes for proposals on new or amended courses and qualifications. 

We oversee the Academic Approvals Handbook that guides academic and administrative staff on the preparation and submission of academic proposals.

Contact: Martin Boswell

Graduating Year Reviews 

We are responsible for undertaking the graduating year reviews on the quality of new qualifications or majors.

Contact: Edward Schofield

Grievances and Disciplinary Appeals

We manage the student academic grievance process and the student disciplinary appeal processes.

Contact: Martin Boswell

Programme reviews

We manage internal academic programme reviews on the quality of learning and teaching in each discipline on a seven year cycle.  

Contact: Edward Schofield


We undertake a range of projects to enable Victoria to implement the learning and teaching aspects of the new Strategic Plan and to improve academic quality processes.

Teaching Excellence Awards

We organise these annual awards that recognise and promote excellence in teaching.

Contact: Jude Brown

Victoria University Calendar

We produce this publication on statutes, policies, courses of study and general University information annually.

Contact: Martin Boswell

Committee support

The Academic office supports committees that ensure the quality of learning and teaching at Victoria.

Contact: Martin Boswell or Jay Chhana