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 Teaching Quality Audit which resulted in an excellent report. The audit team was "highly impressed by the collegiate and welcoming environment for study". The report contains 16 commendations for excellent or good practice:

• Feedback on assessed coursework
• The piloting of study groups
• Peer mentoring for international students
• Pastoral support non-standard entrants
• Library facilities and library staff
• Quality of school administrative support
• Operation of board of examiners
• Curriculum encouraging self-directed, independent learning
• Peer review of marking
• Detailed marking and moderation of marking processes
• Variety of assessment at stage 3 and use of formative assessment at stage 1 of the undergraduate programmes
• Support for student transition into studies
• Graduate destinations (employment and further study rates)
• The law school/careers service annual law fair
• Physical identity and coherence of the school
• The standard of our degree programme handbooks

The team were 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.’