Positive Review of University Level Courses at KMC

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Kingston Maurward College following its review in April 2013.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Kingston Maurward College and judged that the academic standards of the awards the College offers on behalf of its awarding bodies, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information it provides about learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified two examples of good practice. These are the enhanced Personal Research Dissertation Support Unit and the Science Summer School that enables students to reach a suitable level required for their course.

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example the College should take responsibility for evaluating information from the awarding bodies to inform planning and enhancement at higher education-wide level.

Another recommendation is that the College should make external examiners’ annual reports available in full to students as part of involving students in quality assurance processes.

The review team included Professor Paul Brunt (University of Plymouth), Daphne Rowlands (independent) and Craig Best (student reviewer from Brunel University).

The review carried out at Kingston Maurward College was a Review of College Higher Education (RCHE). More information on RCHE is available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/InstitutionReports/Reports/Pages/RCHE_KMC_April13.aspx.

The report on Kingston Maurward College is published on 19 July 2013. It is available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/InstitutionReports/Reports/Pages/RCHE_KMC_April13.aspx.

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: http://www.qaa.ac.uk.

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