|Features of good practice
||Recommendations for action
The audit team identified the following areas as being good practice:
- the depth, clarity, comprehensiveness and currency of the information the University produces for its staff and students
- the strong personal engagement of all staff with the principles and systems for assuring standards and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities
- the strength of the partnership approach between faculties and Academic Quality Support Services in the assurance of quality and standards
- the effective enhancement of rigorous formal mechanisms by complementary informal arrangements
- the systematic and supportive processes and management which underpin collaborative arrangements with key partners
- the supportive relationships that underpin learning and working in the institution
- the effectiveness of the Work Based and Integrative Studies framework in providing flexible, responsive and relevant educational opportunities to work-based learners
- the systematic approach to developing and embedding employability through curriculum, support and delivery mechanisms
- the University’s commitment to preparing students for study as demonstrated by its pre-enrolment activities and its extended induction arrangements.
The team advises the University to:
- review the consistency of the operation of faculty boards of studies in relation to their consideration of annual monitoring reports
- develop clear criteria for entering into partnership arrangements where it does not have the relevant subject expertise.
It would be desirable for the University to:
- consider how it might develop further its central, formal oversight of postgraduate taught provision
- consider ways of ensuring that postgraduate research students have received the support to which they are entitled before they undertake teaching and/or assessment.