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Institution reports

Title:
Institutional audit: London South Bank University, March 2010 
Institution:
London South Bank University
Attachments:
Date of review Publication date Type of review Judgements about quality and standards Reference
Mar-2010 13 Aug 2010 Institutional Audit: England and Northern Ireland Confidence can reasonably be placed in the soundness of the institution's present and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards. -
What does this mean?

Confidence can reasonably be placed in the soundness of the institution's present and likely future management of the quality of the learning opportunities available to students. -
What does this mean?

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Features of good practice Recommendations for action

The audit team identified the following areas as being good practice:

  • the inclusion in the Unit Guide template of an opportunity to report back to students on the actions taken in response to student feedback from the previous year
  • the accreditation of research training for postgraduate research students through the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills
  • the use of trained and independent chairs for the viva voce examination of postgraduate research students, which provides for equity of treatment and robustness of outcome.

The team advises the University to:

  • review its strategies for student representation to ensure that students are enabled to engage fully with University and faculty-level deliberative structures
  • address the variation in practice across the faculties in implementing institutional policy and processes with regard to the quality of learning opportunities, in particular in relation to the timeliness of feedback on and the return of assessed work
  • complete the process of ensuring that all existing collaborative arrangements are governed by signed Memoranda of Cooperation.

It would be desirable for the University to:

  • further develop its Academic Collaborations database in order to provide enhanced data to inform the strategic management of collaborative provision at both University and faculty level.

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