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UK quality mark for UCLan

01 June 2015

Rachel Atkinson

University has been praised for employability, widening participation and internationalisation

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) following its review in March 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited UCLan and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the availability of international study opportunities for all students
  • the approach taken by the University to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and the methods used to enhance student employability.

The review also highlighted the ways the University supports its partner organisations in the UK and overseas which include regular meetings between senior staff, the sharing of best practice, and the opportunities and support available to staff at partner organisations to continue their professional development.

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:

  • to systematically involve students in the annual monitoring and review of courses
  • to ensure the consistent implementation of the revised policy on personal tutoring.

“UCLan is satisfied with the outcome from the Higher Education Review and is particularly pleased that the QAA has recognised as features of good practice things which are strategically important to UCLan.”

Louise Manley, Head of Academic Quality and Awards at UCLan, said: “UCLan is satisfied with the outcome from the Higher Education Review and is particularly pleased that the QAA has recognised as features of good practice things which are strategically important to UCLan such as the embedded approach to widening participation, employability and internationalisation and the effective support we give to our collaborative partners. We will ensure that action is taken to address any recommendations within the report.”

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed the University of Central Lancashire included Professor Susan Blake (City University London), Emeritus Professor Andrew Downton (De Montfort University), Professor David Lamburn (University of Warwick), Hilary Placito (University of Surrey), Professor Graham Romp (Birmingham City University) and Christopher Maidment (student reviewer from the University of Sheffield).

A successful review means that the University can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.