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Institutional Review

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. Cardiff University has produced an action plan in response to the QAA’s outcome report.


Cardiff University’s Institutional Review Report

Cardiff University’s Institutional Review Action Plan (2014)

Cardiff University’s Update to Institutional Review Action Plan (2015)

The report identifies areas of good practice across the University, these are:

The report also makes three recommendations to the University

From the start of the academic year 2014-15:

By commencement of the academic year 2015-16:

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 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 has produced 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 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.


For information about Institutional Review or the QAA:

David Lloyd
Senior Academic Quality Adviser

Phone: 029 2087 5246
Extension: 75246


Page last updated: 17 September 2015