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07 October 2008
Cardiff University has received the highest possible praise from independent reviewers for the quality of its teaching.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education also commended the University for the way its world-leading research was integrated into teaching and for the way students were involved in the development of their courses.
The Agency carried out a review of the University’s academic programmes and standards. Their report concludes "confidence can be placed in the soundness of the institution’s current and likely future management" - the highest endorsement possible.
The reviewers’ report highlights a number of key University policies as examples of good practice. These included the linking of staff research activity to teaching and other student learning opportunities. The reviewers discovered from discussions with students that this is a highly valued part of the Cardiff experience.
The Agency commended the way students are included at all levels of the University decision-making structure. They were struck by the way students are always described as "members" of the University rather than "customers". There was praise too for the continuing partnership between the University and Students’ Union to develop the learning experience.
The institutional review followed a series of meetings carried out with staff and students earlier this year. The University now intends to build on the highlighted features of good practice as part of its commitment to enhancing the quality of the student experience. The review team also made three recommendations for improvement and steps will be taken to consider these.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said: "The findings of the institutional review are pleasing for a number of reasons. They commend several examples of good practice which are deeply engrained in all academic schools, including the commitment to excellence in research-led teaching. More fundamentally, the review recognises the systematic way students, academics and administrative staff are continually working together to enhance the quality of learning at Cardiff University."
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities. The University website is at: www.cardiff.ac.uk .
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