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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Higher education in Wales: excellent education and outstanding student experience

Date 02/08/2017

Higher education in Wales demonstrates excellent practice that systematically improves the student experience, says a new report published this week. QAA has analysed the findings of quality and standards reviews carried out at 10 universities and three colleges between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

Welsh providers have consistently performed well in QAA reviews, receiving 47 positive judgements out of a total of 50. The three colleges reviewed engaged more with widening access and seemed to be better placed to do so than their university counterparts.

Reviews show that employability is a particular strength in Welsh higher education, with most providers doing well in this area. Reviewers also found good practice in:

  • Welsh language promotion, facilitation and support
  • postgraduate delivery, management and training
  • teaching: nearly all universities and colleges in Wales require their staff to either have or undertake a formal teaching qualification
  • better use of data to support improvements in learning and teaching
  • communicating with and engaging students in their learning.

QAA will continue to review universities and other higher education providers in Wales from 2017-18, and is developing a new method in consultation with the providers, Universities Wales and ColegauCymru.



Addysg Uwch yng Nghymru: addysg ardderchog a phrofiadau o'r radd flaenaf i fyfyrwyr

Yn ôl adroddiad newydd a gyhoeddwyd yr wythnos hon, mae'r sector addysg uwch yng Nghymru'n dangos arferion rhagorol sy'n gwella profiad y myfyrwyr yn systematig. Mae ASA wedi dadansoddi canfyddiadau'r adolygiadau o ansawdd a safonau a wnaed mewn 10 prifysgol a thri choleg rhwng y blynyddoedd academaidd 2010-11 a 2015-16.

Mae'r darparwyr yng Nghymru wedi perfformio'n gyson dda yn adolygiadau ASA, gan dderbyn 47 o feirniadaethau positif allan o gyfanswm o 50. Roedd y tri choleg a adolygwyd yn ymgysylltu fwy ag ehangu mynediad ac yn ymddangos fel petaent mewn sefyllfa well i wneud hynny na'u cymheiriaid mewn prifysgolion.

Mae'r adolygiadau'n dangos bod cyflogadwyedd yn faes lle gwelwyd cryfder arbennig yn y sector addysg uwch yng Nghymru, am fod y mwyafrif o'r darparwyr yn gwneud yn dda yn y maes yma. Canfu'r adolygwyr arfer da hefyd mewn perthynas â:

  • hyrwyddo, cefnogi a hwyluso defnyddio'r Gymraeg
  • darpariaeth, rheolaeth a hyfforddiant i fyfyrwyr ôl-raddedig
  • gwaith addysgu: mae pob un bron iawn o'r prifysgolion a'r colegau yng Nghymru'n gofyn bod gan eu staff gymhwyster addysgu ffurfiol, neu eu bod yn mynd ati i'w ennill
  • gwell defnydd o ddata i gefnogi gwelliannau ym meysydd dysgu ac addysgu
  • cyfathrebu ac ymgysylltu â'r myfyrwyr a'u cynnwys yn eu dysgu.

Bydd ASA yn parhau i adolygu prifysgolion a darparwyr addysg uwch eraill yng Nghymru o 2017-18 ymlaen, ac mae wrthi'n datblygu dull newydd mewn ymgynghoriad â'r darparwyr, Prifysgolion Cymru a ColegauCymru.