QAA Institutional Review of the University

On 13 and 14 December the University will host a team of five reviewers employed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to conduct the Institutional Review of the University.

The review team will meet with the Vice-Chancellor, senior staff and students in order to begin to form a judgement about how we assure the academic standards of our awards and manage and enhance the quality of the learning opportunities we provide for students. They will also examine the information we publish regarding the standards and quality of our provision and conduct a thematic investigation of the first-year experience of taught students (although these aspects will not be the subject of judgements).

In preparation for the review the University submitted a Self-Evaluation Document (SED) to the QAA in November together with a comprehensive portfolio of supporting evidence designed to illustrate how we assure standards and manage the quality of our taught and research provision. Leeds University Union has also contributed a Written Statement highlighting areas of concern to students with supporting evidence. These two documents together with the information they collect during the forthcoming visit will allow the team to refine its understanding of our strategy, policies and operating procedures and to agree which areas will form the focus of attention during the main review visit in February 2012.

It is anticipated that the report of the Institutional Review will be published by the QAA in April 2012 following which we will have ten weeks to agree an action plan describing how we will address any concerns raised in the report.

Further details of the Institutional Review process may be found on the QAA's website.

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