[Press and Publications] Economics Gains Full Marks for the Quality of its Teaching - Thirteenth Subject Area at University Wins Recognition for Excellence

February 2001

No. 18

ECONOMICS has achieved a maximum score of 24 points in the latest assessment of the teaching quality at the University of Leicester – the 13th department to receive an accolade of excellence.

The University now has the rare distinction of nine successive awards of 22 or more points from the Quality Assurance Agency – which equates with a mark of Excellent.

It means every subject area examined by QAA assessors over the last three years has been high ranking – adding to a number of Excellent awards the University achieved in earlier assessments.

Economics joins Psychology as the subject areas to have achieved full marks. Head of Department Professor Kevin Lee said: “For many years, students and employers have recognised the excellence of the teaching delivered in the Department of Economics.

“I am delighted for the staff and all involved that this has been given formal recognition by the award of the maximum 24 points in the QAA's Subject Review of Economics.

“The achievement of maximum marks shows excellence in all six areas considered by the Review Team.”

The assessors identified particular strengths in each of the areas examined. In terms of the curriculum, they identified high attainment of subject specific and transferable skills by students and that new courses are informed by research.

They praised the high quality teaching, good assessment and constructive feedback and clear learning objectives with well-matched assessment. In terms of student progression and achievement, they identified a healthy demand at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

They cited the good performance of students and good progression and completion rates on undergraduate courses, as well as praising the employment record. The comprehensive consideration of student views through staff-student committees was also cited among other examples of good practice at the University.

Professor Lee added: “The assessors did not identify any areas of weakness, which is extremely unusual even in Departments awarded maximum points.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said of the result: “Terrific! A well deserved result which demonstrates the excellence of our teaching provision in economics.”

The Department of Economics is one of the largest, and most rapidly developing, departments of Economics in the country. The Review provides confirmation that the Department has achieved its ambition of becoming one of the UK's leading academic centres for Economics, with an international reputation for research and for teaching at all levels. The range of academic specialisms covered by the Department is very wide, and includes Business Economics and Financial Economics in addition to straight Economics.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Professor Lee on 0116 252 2887.

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