June 1999

No 105

Following the recent review of teaching in Medicine, Leicester University has completed a hat-trick of very high scores across three faculties in the latest round of reviews undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency. The subject areas of American Studies, Physics and Astronomy and Medicine have each scored 23 out of a maximum possible 24 points in the last three assessments. This follows the award of a score of 22 to History of Art in February last year.

All of these scores approximate to a rating of 'Excellent' under the Higher Education Funding Council's former assessment system and means that Leicester University has achieved accolades for a total of eight different subject areas.

Excellent ratings have been gained by History, including Economic and Social History and English Local History; Law, Chemistry and English.

Rigorous assessments are made of Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Student Progression and Achievement; Student Support and Guidance; Learning Resources; and Quality Management and Enhancement

Mr Michael Corin, Principal Assistant Registrar, said: "These results are very pleasing and a great tribute to the skill and enthusiasm of the staff and the quality of our students. Mr Corin added: "The most recent Medicine review was the largest and most complex yet organised at Leicester, involving a team of eight QAA subject reviewers and a parallel visit from a team of four assessors from the General Medical Council (GMC).

"The reviewers sampled a wide range of teaching in the Medical School, in hospitals in Leicester, Coventry, Kettering, Nuneaton and in general practices. Both the QAA and the GMC complimented the Medical School on the success of the new student-centred curriculum, the high standard of the teaching, the excellent relationships with the NHS, and the quality and commitment of the students.

"The review also took in the MSc courses in Molecular Pathology & Toxicity and in Medical Statistics & Information Technology."

The outstanding rating for Physics and Astronomy confirms the Department's credentials for teaching and research excellence. The Department has won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in the past and its space research has led to the creation of the National Space Science Centre in Leicester.

The Centre for American Studies provides degree options dealing with the central issues of American culture and society. There are a number of multi-disciplinary teaching and research interests reflected in the variety of courses available to students.

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