Newcastle University

Teaching Quality

Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group, which comprises the 20 leading research institutions in the UK. Over the past six years, the Law School has recorded consistently high levels of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, returning successive scores of 98%, 98%, 98%, 96%, 95% and 92% for overall satisfaction. No other Russell Group Law School has achieved such consistently high levels of student satisfaction over this period. The quality of our teaching was confirmed in the 2008 and the 2014 Learning and Teaching Reviews (formal University teaching quality audits) which both resulted in excellent reports. The 2008 audit team was "highly impressed by the collegiate and welcoming environment for study", and the 2014 audit team noted the “security of standards and the quality of student learning opportunities”. The 2008 and 2014 reports contained a number of commendations for exemplary or good practice including:

• Assessment and feedback strategy and ethos integrated within all modules and which engages students as partners
• Small group teaching provision
• Support for international students through a peer mentoring programme
• A curriculum encouraging self-directed, independent learning
• The variety of assessment at stage 3 and use of formative assessment at stage 1 of the undergraduate programmes
• Support for student transition into studies
• Detailed marking and moderation of marking processes
• The law school/careers service annual law fair
• CV exercise at stage 1 to engage students in a discussions about employability with personal tutors
• Processes for maintaining teaching quality including induction arrangements and peer review of teaching
• Physical identity and coherence of the school
• Quality of the school administrative support team
• Quality of the Law library support team

The 2008 review team was impressed by the Law School's suite of LLM programmes with their effective curriculum structure, intensive but interactive seminars and a commitment to innovation in emerging areas. Newcastle Law School has scored excellent results in the 2013/14 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) which covered the School’s three distinguished LLM programmes. 100% of respondents rated the overall quality of the teaching on their programme as good or really good. 92% of respondents were overall satisfied with the quality of the course. 100% of respondents agreed that staff are good at explaining things, they were encouraged to ask questions or make contributions in taught sessions and the course has enhanced their academic ability. Professor Chris Rodgers, Head of School, has commented on the results: ‘These results are a testament to the enormous efforts made by our academic staff to give our postgraduate community an excellent learning experience, and to the School’s ongoing commitment to providing the best teaching and learning environment for all our students. It is very satisfying to see that our postgraduate students value what we strive to deliver for them.’