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Issue 466, 8 May 2001

Strong praise for University teaching

Teaching and learning at the University of Leeds has received glowing praise in an audit report by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The whole University was subjected to an extensive audit of academic quality and standards last year, and the report makes particular mention of the University’s achievements in creating an excellent strategy for teaching and learning, as well as commending the commitment of teaching and support staff and the shared commitment of academic and administrative staff to the University’s vision and mission in teaching, learning and research.

"The University could have no greater endorsement from the QAA, as this report clearly confirms our position as a research-led university with a strong commitment to teaching," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson.

"Preparing for the audit process took a lot of time and resources, but the visit itself was made as normal as possible, so the team could gain a true impression of the University. This is reflected in the report, which we welcome wholeheartedly as it shows that all our hard work has been worthwhile."

The report mentioned the University’s speed and flexibility in responding to external developments, and also of its willingness to fund innovation. It acknowledged that recent restructuring allows more efficient use of resources, and ensures reliable safeguarding of standards.

The new teaching and learning strategy put in place at the University gained particular commendation. The strategy forms a framework to sustain international excellence in teaching and learning, and to provide a fulfilling experience for all students, with particular focus on lifelong learning and providing greater opportunities for under-represented groups to participate in higher education.

"Our learning and teaching strategy is unique and comprehensive, in that it addresses things in a holistic way, looking at everything which makes up the student experience. We are pleased that the QAA has recognised its value," said Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Macklin. "Even those relatively minor points which the QAA advises we consider had already been recognised by the University as issues which needed to be addressed and steps had been taken to do so."

"The report also pays credit to our high quality and committed staff, all of whose hard work contributed to the success of this audit," he added.

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