[Press & Publications] Quality of Success


March 2000

No 45

Teaching Quality Assessment scores continue to soar at University of Leicester

The University of Leicester's Department of Psychology has just received the highest possible score from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for its teaching quality.

This follows a four-day visit, during which a team of expert reviewers assessed the whole range of courses which the Department offers undergraduates and postgraduates, some of who are taught by distance learning. The team sat in on classes, talked to staff, students and employers, reviewed a wide range of teaching documents and materials, and looked at samples of students' work. The Department emerged from this intense scrutiny with flying colours. The QAA team praised the work of staff and students alike.

The maximum score of 24 awarded to Psychology is the latest in a line of excellent results to be awarded to the University across a range of faculties:

  • American Studies, rating 23
  • Physics & Astronomy, rating 23
  • Medicine, rating 23
  • History of Art, rating 22
  • Mathematics and Statistics, rating 22
  • The TQA achievement builds upon the many successes of the Department of Physics & Astronomy which houses the largest space research group in Europe. As a research base it is closely linked with the National Space Science Centre - the 46.5 million Millennium Commission Landmark Project for the East Midlands that was co-founded by the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council.

    The review of Medicine was the largest and most complex teaching quality review yet organised at Leicester. Reviewers examined teaching in the Medical School and 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 its new student-centred curriculum, the high standard of its teaching, its excellent relationship with the NHS and the quality and commitment of the students.

    These results add to a wide range of "excellents" already achieved by the University Departments of History (including English Local History, and Economic and Social History), English, Law and Chemistry.

    Speaking of his delight at the University's teaching record, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, said: "I am extremely pleased that the excellent quality of teaching at the University has been officially recognised, and that our students can be confident they are receiving the highest standard of education at Leicester.

    "I congratulate all the staff involved as such excellent scores are the result of very hard work by everyone in the University."

    The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) assesses the quality of higher education in England and Northern Ireland to ensure that the public funding is used to provide education of an acceptable quality and to make public its findings. Subject reviews take into account curriculum design, content and organisation; teaching, learning and assessment; student progression and achievement; student support and guidance; learning resources; and quality management and enhancement.

    Note for editors: Further information on the University of Leicester's results from the Teaching Quality Assessment of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is available from Mr Michael Corin, Academic Office, tel 0116 252 3049/5248, fax 0116 252 2447.


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