for University teaching
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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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report on the QAA website: