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Positive result for Reading from QAA 

Publication date:
14/02/2013 

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has awarded a set of positive judgements to the University of Reading following its review in November 2012.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the University of Reading and judged that its academic standards and the quality of student learning opportunities it offers met UK expectations.

Specifically, the review identified a number of examples of good practice at the University, for example its excellent web-based multimedia support for staff in relation to assessment and feedback.

Reviewers also highlighted the 'Pathfinder' process, and the significant contribution it makes to strengthening the way the University manages its academic programmes.
 
The review includes recommendations for improvements. For example, final approval procedure for all new joint honours programmes should include external academic advice appropriate to both disciplines.

Anthony McClaran, QAA Chief Executive, said: 'The University of Reading clearly demonstrated that it met the requirements of our review, particularly in the areas of assessment and feedback, and support for staff.'

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: 'We are delighted that QAA has delivered such a positive report on the quality of teaching and learning at the University of Reading.

'Our aim is to provide our students with a challenging learning experience delivered in a supportive environment by caring and inspiring staff.

'We take great heart from the good practice identified by QAA in our Institutional Review and will continue our work towards providing the highest-quality educational experience for our students.'

The review team included Dr Carol Vielba (City University London), Howard White (University of Bath) and Dr Mike Wing (Middlesex University).

All QAA reviews have a student reviewer and Jonathon Medland, a student from BPP University College, was part of the review team at the University of Reading. Hayley Burns (University of Glamorgan) was the QAA review secretary.

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Review of higher education
Notes to editor:

1. For more information, please contact Joanna Wynn, Media Relations Officer at j.wynn@qaa.ac.uk or 01452 557074.

2. The review carried out at the University of Reading 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 Reading was published on 11 February 2013. It is available at www.qaa.ac.uk/InstitutionReports/Pages/University-of-Reading.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.


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