Information For Students (Institutional Review)
Cardiff University is preparing to be reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), a governing body similar to OFSTED, which ensures that universities maintain high standards and improve the quality of education. See the video below for a brief overview of the role of the QAA.
Why is the University being reviewed?
Every University is routinely reviewed this way to ensure the quality and enhancement of every student’s learning experience. It’s known as Institutional Review.
How does Institutional Review affect me?
It doesn’t directly impact on you as a student. However it could impact on how your degree award is regarded: how the University performs in its Institutional Review will determine how confident the Government and the public can be that the standards of your degree are being maintained. It’s also about ensuring the high reputation of our University world-wide.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways you can get involved in Institutional Review:
- Contribute to the Student Submission. This is an annual report from the Students’ Union on how the University has responded to student feedback and provides recommendations on how the University can further enhance the student experience. The QAA looks very carefully at this report as part of its review. Contact Dominic Stone, Policy Adviser for the Students’ Union, at StoneD5@Cardiff.ac.uk for more information on how to get involved.
- Talk to your Student Academic Representative with your feedback. They can raise issues on your behalf at Student-Staff Panels which feed into our feedback system at Cardiff. Click here to find your rep.
- Represent your student body. In March 2014 the QAA will visit the University and will want to meet with students to talk about the quality of the learning opportunities here at Cardiff. If you’d be interested in getting involved in this aspect of the review send our team an email InstitutionalReview@Cardiff.ac.uk
- Make your views known. The University has a number of surveys that it asks students to complete at various stages of their study. It’s so important that we receive your feedback so that we can continue to improve the student experience. For more information about these surveys, see here.
How can I find out more?
If you would like to know more about Institutional Review, email InstitutionalReview@Cardiff.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!
You can also visit the QAA’s website, which has lots of information for students about Institutional Review: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/partners/students/Pages/default.aspx