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Institutional review

Periodically, the Quality Assurance Agency carries out a review of an institution's ability to maintain standards and manage the quality of its provision.

The review investigates the quality of higher education provided by the University and makes judgements as to whether or not our academic standards and quality meet UK expectations.

Institutional Review 2014

We were last reviewed by the QAA in 2014 under the Institutional Review method confirming that we meet all its expectations for quality and standards.

Our initial Institutional Review Action Plan was agreed by the Academic Quality and Standards Committee in June 2016, however this has been replaced with the Annual Quality Report where all quality assurance and enhancement activities are monitored.

Annual Quality Report

The Annual Quality Report provides a holistic overview of the operation and outcomes of the University’s academic quality management systems during each academic session, and is received by Council each year in line with the requirements outlined in the  Higher Education Code of Governance.

The report identifies and reflects upon all elements of the academic quality system, including quality assurance, enhancement, assessment and admissions activities and confirms that all processes and procedures are regularly reviewed and that enhancement activity is responsive to feedback and external requirements.

Each section identifies enhancements and actions, which ensure that the academic quality system continues to evolve and takes a proportionate, risk-based approach to address matters relating to academic standards and quality. In addition, a risk status for each area of activity has been identified to highlight areas of concern with actions identified.

Quality Enhancement Review 2020

Quality Enhancement Review is the method by which Welsh higher education providers are reviewed as part of the Quality Assessment Framework for Wales. It provides a distinctive approach to institutional review, developed to address the particular context of the Welsh higher education sector.

Its purpose is to demonstrate that educational provision at Welsh universities is of appropriate academic standard and quality against a set of baseline regulatory requirements. In addition, the review will focus on how we plan, implement and evaluate measures intended to improve the student learning experience, giving attention to the University's strategic intentions.

We are preparing for our Quality Enhancement Review in March 2020 and have advised the Quality Assurance Agency that our self evaluation analysis will incorporate the following areas of focus:

  • placement and employability
  • international experience and student mobility
  • student voice
  • student partnership and support.

The outcome of the review will be known in April 2020.

Annual Quality Report 2017/18

Annual Quality Report 2017/18

1 January 2019

Annual Quality Report 2017/18 executive summary and action plan.