[Press and Publications] Museum Studies Adds to Record Run of Excellents at the University of Leicester



March 2001

No 34

University achieves unparalleled success for quality of its teaching

Museum Studies at the University of Leicester has gained full marks in the latest assessment of teaching quality from the Quality Assurance Agency – the 14th department at Leicester with an excellent result.

The Department of Museum Studies achieved 24 points out of 24 – gaining maximum points in each of the six areas assessed as follows:

  • Curriculum Design Content and Organisation: 4
  • Teaching Learning and Assessment: 4
  • Student Progression and Achievement: 4
  • Student Support and Guidance: 4
  • Learning Resources: 4
  • Quality Management and Enhancement: 4
  • The University of Leicester now has the unparalleled distinction of being the only university with 10 successive awards of 22 points or more from the QAA – which equates with a mark of excellent.

    Every department assessed at the University of Leicester since early 1998 has achieved this result – adding to a number of Excellents achieved in earlier years.

    Museum Studies, Economics and Psychology are the subject areas at Leicester that have achieved the maximum scores. Head of Museum Studies, Professor Eilean Hooper-Greenhill said:

    “For many years, the Department has enjoyed a reputation for teaching and research of the highest quality amongst the international museum community.

    “I am delighted by the award of the maximum 24 points in the QAA’s subject review of Museum Studies. I wish to thank all those who work with the Department and not least the students, present and past, whose commitment and motivation so impressed the reviewers.”

    The Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess added: “This is a splendid result from a very strong team of staff. It confirms that the Department of Museum Studies is the leader in the field."

    The Department of Museum Studies was established at the University of Leicester in 1966 in response to concerns regarding the provision and quality of training and professional development in the museum sector. It is the only department in the UK solely concerned with this sector and it is the largest postgraduate training provider in this field in the world.

    Professor Hooper-Greenhill said: “We aim to offer courses which bridge the academic and the professional. We support the University of Leicester’s mission to: ‘offer an education of the highest quality to its undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging and stimulating critical development through guided learning in a research environment’. Our courses introduce contemporary issues in museum culture, and show how these impact on day to day museum practice. Students are equipped with the professional knowledge, skills and values appropriate for the needs of a rapidly changing museum sector and this is reflected in the success of our graduates in entering and shaping the sector. Many current museum leaders were trained at Leicester and still contribute to our work.”

    The Department has 75 full-time, 55 part-time and 161 distance learning students, and a range of different teaching methods are used to enable each individual to find their best way of learning.

    The Department has played a dynamic role in international museum and gallery development for over 30 years. As well as offering a range of training and development opportunities to cater for the needs of a diverse and international student body, the Department is also a renowned and active centre for research that has played a significant role in the development of cutting edge museum practice in many fields.

    The Department has long-standing research strengths in two major integrated themes: Museums, Collections and Collecting and Museums, Audiences and Communication. These two themes embrace the work of all members of the department. The Department also houses the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), which opened in January 1999.

    NOTES TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact the Department of Museum Studies on 0116 252 3962.


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