Student learning commended in national Quality rating

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The high quality and standards of higher education provision at The University of Nottingham have been recognised by the award of the Quality Mark by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

In its report published today (July 21 2016), the QAA commended the University for its enhancement of student learning opportunities – the highest rating possible – and identified five areas of good practice.

Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham said: “This QAA review is a very positive and strong endorsement of the quality of education at The University of Nottingham.

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“We are particularly pleased that our approach to enhancing student learning opportunities has been commended. All of our staff work extraordinarily hard to give our students the best possible experience throughout their time in Nottingham. Specific initiatives include employer engagement, access to mentoring schemes, the Nottingham Advantage Award and wider opportunities to enhance student employability as well as encouraging our students to gain work placements and broader development experiences both here in the UK and also with our campuses in China and Malaysia.

“The QAA’s findings have also flagged good practice in five areas, reaffirming our strategic objectives around ensuring our teaching is of the highest calibre and emphasizing the priority we give to improving the student experience.”

The team of QAA reviewers visited the University in April 2016, as part of its remit to safeguard the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education. The review was carried out by experts from other universities and a student reviewer.

The review team judged that the University’s academic standards, the quality of its student learning opportunities and the quality of its information about learning opportunities all met UK standards.

Areas of good practice were identified in: opportunities for student employability, peer observation of teaching, embedded engagement with students to promote learning opportunities, the University’s Teaching and Learning Review process and its Transforming Teaching Programme.

It made recommendations around provision for students who change courses and accessibility of complaints procedures.

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

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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