The University has received a letter from the QAA indicating their broad findings. The report, when we receive it in the spring, will provide far more detail and place the recommendations and good practice in context.
The key findings are:
The draft report will confirm that:
- confidence can be placed in the soundness of the institutionís current and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards
- confidence can be placed in the soundness of the institutionís current and likely future management of the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.
The draft report is likely to highlight the following good practice:
- The proactive approach of the Centre for Learning and Teaching to disseminating and supporting good practice in learning and teaching, including the development and use of the academic database;
- The contribution of the Senior Fellows in Learning and Teaching, of the Fellows in Academic Practice and the Communities of Practice, and of the Fellows in Public Engagement to the quality of the student learning experience;
- The introduction of the MMU Professional Passport as a means of helping students to develop their employability skills;
- The comprehensive training and development opportunities provided by Research Enterprise and Development for postgraduate research students.
Recommendations for action that the audit team considers it advisable for the University to address are as follows:
- The University should identify those features of the student learning experience (such as feedback on assessment, assessment information, access to personal tutoring, and handbook content) for which unambiguous requirements must be defined and implemented for the benefit of all students;
- Establish a set of comprehensive University assessment criteria to help maintain consistent standards across all provision, both on and off campus;
- Ensure that the name of the partner and the location of study are stated on the transcripts and/or parchments for all the Universityís collaborative provision.
Recommendations for action that the audit team considers it desirable for the institution to address are as follows:
- As the University reviews its committee structures, particular attention should be given to means of securing the more effective discharge of the responsibilities of those committees, including maximising attendance at their meetings;
- Expedite the introduction of a single university-wide peer support system;
- Make more systematic, effective and evident the analysis and use of data in annual monitoring processes.