QAA confident about University’s future

The University’s efforts to improve students’ employability and reward staff have been recognised in the latest institutional audit report by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The University has received a ‘judgement of confidence’ - the highest rating given by the QAA - for its management of academic standards and quality of student learning opportunities.

The QAA identified two significant features of good practice in its audit report: the range of ways in which the University is developing the employability of all of its students; and the steps the University has taken, as a research-intensive institution, to recognise the value of teaching through rewards and incentives for staff.

Professor Ella Ritchie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), said: “It is to the University’s credit that the two features of good practice identified by the audit team are wide-ranging and at the heart of what we claim for ourselves strategically as an institution.”

The QAA also made recommendations relating to institutional oversight of local implementation; personal tutoring; learning technologies; and sharing of exemplary practice. Professor Ritchie said the first two recommendations had previously been identified as requiring action, and that remaining two are also in keeping with future plans for the University.

The University Teaching and Learning Committee and QuILT (Quality in Learning and Teaching), in consultation with relevant colleagues, are now planning to address the recommendations made in the full report.

For further information about Institutional audit please contact Simon Meacher.

published on: 22nd April 2010