The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has awarded a set of positive judgements to the University of Lincoln following its review of the institution in November 2012.
A team of QAA reviewers visited the University of Lincoln and judged that its quality and standards met UK expectations.
The University received a ‘commended’ judgement for the enhancement of student learning opportunities, with Lincoln's 'Student as Producer' scheme recognised by QAA reviewers as a feature of good practice.
The basic principle behind the 'Student as Producer' scheme is that students' learning will be grounded in research and research-like activities, so that much of what students are learning will be through their own discoveries, working in collaboration with academics and other students.
Other examples of good practice identified by reviewers include the systematic engagement of students at all levels across a wide range of quality assurance and enhancement processes, and the 'Getting Started' information pack for new students.
The review also highlights the use of the 'Lincoln Award' in recognising a range of extra-curricular activities undertaken by a significant and increasing number of students.
The review makes some recommendations for improvements: for example, for the University to make information on the complaints and appeals procedures more readily accessible to students, and to ensure that appropriate training and support is provided to all postgraduates who teach or assess other students.
Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews at QAA, said: 'Our reviewers commended the University of Lincoln because it clearly demonstrates that it puts students at the heart of teaching and learning, involving them fully in their own higher education experience.'
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: 'We are delighted with the outcome of our Institutional Review. It not only confirms that we meet all UK expectations for quality and academic standards, but also recognises the strength of our educational provision and our commitment to supporting our students.'
The review team included Dr Mark Atlay (University of Bedfordshire), Professor Jeremy Bradshaw (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Debbie Lockton (De Montfort University).
All QAA reviews have a student reviewer, and Sarah Crook - a student from Queen Mary, University of London - was part of the review team at the University of Lincoln. Louisa Green (London School of Economics) was the QAA review secretary.
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2. The review carried out at the University of Lincoln was an Institutional Review (England and Northern Ireland) (IRENI). More information on IRENI is available at www.qaa.ac.uk/institutionreports/types-of-review/ireni/pages/default.aspx.
3. The report on the University of Lincoln was published on 22 February 2013. It is available at www.qaa.ac.uk/institutionreports/reports/pages/ireni-Lincoln-12.aspx.
4. QAA safeguards the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education. We check how UK universities and colleges maintain their academic standards and quality. We review and report on how they meet their responsibilities, identify good practice and make recommendations for improvement. We publish guidelines to help UK universities and colleges develop effective systems to ensure students have the best learning experience. Further information is available at: www.qaa.ac.uk.