The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Cardiff University.
The QAA is the independent body entrusted with monitoring, and advising on, standards and quality in UK higher education. Students are at the heart of Higher Education Review as full members of QAA’s peer review teams.
The team of QAA reviewers visited Cardiff University in 2014 and judged that academic standards; the quality and enhancement of our student learning opportunities; and the quality of information about our learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.
The report identifies areas of good practice across the University, these are:
- The appropriate, widespread and responsive staff development opportunities in learning and teaching, including those extended to postgraduate students.
- The University’s work in supporting and embedding the positive contributions of students in developing a culture of enhancement for the quality of learning opportunities.
- The comprehensive implementation of management information to support quality and standards at all levels, including aspects of enhancement.The practice of monitoring regularly at university executive level the progress of key university-wide strategies for the enhancement of learning opportunities.
The report also makes three recommendations to the University
From the start of the academic year 2014-15:
- Keep under review the potential unintended consequences for student performance and degree classification of plans to insert modules at levels, 5, 6 and 7 into years of study that normally correspond to academic levels 4, 5 and 6.
- Keep under close scrutiny the production of final year results for medical students until satisfied that the new system for recording and reporting results is error free.
By commencement of the academic year 2015-16:
- Move swiftly to ensure comprehensive implementation of the Assessment Matters framework across all provision.
Cardiff University’s response to the outcome report
Professor Patricia Price, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience & Academic Standards commented on behalf of the University that:
“We are delighted with the outcome of our recent Institutional Review as it is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to quality and standards; it is particularly rewarding to see the QAA Team note our strong and successful partnership with students. The visit provided us with an opportunity to share our experiences with the QAA team, who were positive and supportive.
Whilst the report provides us with confidence in the quality of our provision, the process of continuous enhancement remains a key priority for the University and we have ambitious plans for the future to ensure that the student experience at Cardiff University remains excellent.”
Institutional Action Plan
The University is producing an action plan, in consultation with the Students’ Union Elected Officers, showing how it will address the above recommendations and further develop its areas of good practice. The plan will be published by 19th September 2014 and the University will be expected to review and update this annually until all actions are complete.
Mid-cycle Review and Higher Education Review
The QAA will carry out a mid-cycle review in 2017, which will be the opportunity to discuss with the QAA the progress in implementing the action plan.
All UK universities are reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency every six years to ensure that UK expectations for quality and standards and enhancement of student learning opportunities are being met. Cardiff University will next be reviewed in 2020 under the new Higher Education Review, Wales method which replaces Institutional Review, Wales.
For information about Institutional Review or the QAA:
Senior Academic Quality Adviser
Phone: 029 2087 5246
Page last updated: 27 August 2014