Friday, 05 August 2011
Academic quality at the University of Worcester has been praised in an independent audit report.
The University has received a glowing report from the Country’s national independent watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), following a visit by a team of auditors to the University in March.
The audit team found “many examples of activities and processes that contributed to the continuous and systematic improvement of the student experience” and identified the University’s approach to quality enhancement to be a feature of good practice.
The purpose of the audit was to look at the University’s management of the academic standards of the awards that it delivers and of the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “In recent years the University of Worcester has consolidated its excellent national reputation for academic quality on our biggest programmes, which educate future teachers, nurses and midwives. This independent audit report studied the entire work of the University at every level and across the range.
“We are delighted to have received so many commendations across the whole range of the University’s work. We are particularly delighted to have been commended again for the work we do to provide educational opportunity for disabled students and to promote unusually high rates of graduate employability.
“My thanks go to all the staff and student representatives at the University for their excellent work, which has now been recognised in this most positive independent audit report.
“In the next fortnight the University will be able to publish other indicators of academic quality, which help explain why Worcester has been the Country’s fastest growing university over this past seven years.”
The audit team in particular commended the wide range of opportunities afforded to students to enhance their employability. The report states: “...employability is embedded in the curriculum and there are links with employers through placements. Significant support is provided to enhance student employability through a wide range of mechanisms and opportunities...”
The audit team also commended the support offered to disabled students, noting that “the University has developed a strong reputation for good practice in this area”.
The report highlights seven areas of good practice at the University:
1. The comprehensiveness of the Student Online Environment (SOLE), which is tailored to the individual
2. The Student Academic Representatives (StARs) initiative, which enhances student representation
3. The wide range of opportunities afforded to students to enhance their employability
4. The proactive approach which supports the student experience for disabled students
5. The Institution’s commitment to enhancement, exemplified by its reflective and self-critical approach
6. Development of the Link tutor and establishment of a Link Tutor Forum to share good practice across the Institution
7. The inclusive approach of the University in working with its collaborative partners