There are many terms in currency around the education world which display ambiguity of meaning. This is an attempt to define a vocabulary which clarifies at least what is meant when we use a word or phrase of jargon in the context of engineering education.  The following list is alphabetical: no further significance is intended by the order of terms.


The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)​​ is the independent body entrusted with monitoring, and advising on, standards and quality in the whole of UK higher education, not just engineering.


In a minority of US universities, and elsewhere in the world, the academic year is divided into four quarters of about ten weeks.