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Issue 474, 3 December 2001

Education Subject Review Feedback Meeting

Thursday 22 November 2001

The Review Chair offered thanks to all those who provided the team with documentation and oral responses.

The quality of the provision was approved and the following points were awarded:

  1. Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation 4
  2. Teaching, Learning and Assessment 4
  3. Student Progression and Achievement 4
  4. Student Support and Guidance 4
  5. Learning Resources 4
  6. Quality Management and Enhancement 4

Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation

  1. Research and professional experience feed into the provision in a positive manner.
  2. The courses fully meet the aims stated in the SAD: as well as being informed by research findings, they are simulating, current and meet the needs of the students.
  3. The team noted the SDDU has ILT accreditation and the Further Education courses have FENTO accreditation.
  4. The provision offers students a wide range of modes of study.
  5. The curriculum meets the needs of the students.
  6. Criticality is evident throughout and is a key objective.
  7. The students are strongly supportive of the curriculum design, content and its organisation
  8. The documentation is clear and full.
  9. The distance learning programmes meet the needs of the students.
  10. The team was impressed by the elective programme.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  1. There are clear Learning and Teaching strategies for each department.
  2. The provision is innovative and interactive.
  3. 16 observations took place covering a good range of the provision: by and large, they were of a very high quality.
  4. The team noted the development of the Nathan Bodington Building.
  5. Appropriate learning outcomes are set for sessions/modules and the assessment methods are well matched to these outcomes.
  6. The strength of the Critical Study was also noted.
  7. The general assessment criteria for the Undergraduate and Advanced courses is strong but the criteria for the Further Education courses could be more specific.
  8. In a small minority of cases, the assessment feedback was overly positive.
  9. The team noted the amount of thought and debate surrounding criteria, marks and grades/bands.

Student Progression and Achievement

  1. The applications rate is buoyant with good ratios for the number of places to applications.
  2. The provision successfully shows evidence of widening participation.
  3. OPTED is effective in helping widen participation.
  4. The student progression and retention rates are strong.
  5. The student work is of a high standard.
  6. The professional courses have a clear impact on careers.

Student Support and Guidance

  1. This was seen as "a strong feature of a strong provision".
  2. The strategies, documentation and arrangements are good and show a well integrated approach.
  3. The tutorial provision is appropriately differentiated.
  4. The PGCLTHE mentoring scheme works well.
  5. Students across the provision praised the tutors.
  6. The Undergraduate Office is seen as an important part of the support structure.
  7. There is good careers information/support for those who need it.

Learning Resources

  1. The strategies and groups show a strong base.
  2. The libraries and resources are very strong.
  3. Off campus learners are well supported.
  4. The social facilities are also strong.

Quality Management and Enhancement

  1. The formal systems in place work well.
  2. The procedures are clear and robust.
  3. The level of student representation/contribution is high.
  4. The programme reviews were read carefully and show a pro-active approach.
  5. Staff are encouraged to take part in professional development and learning is enhanced through the dissemination of good practice in seminars etc.
  6. The area provides staff development opportunities across the University as a whole.
  7. The Self Assessment Document (SAD) shows the wide variety of staff that are involved with the provision and how these staff are brought together.
  8. The meetings showed the value of the SAD.

The conclusion of the team is that the quality of the provision is approved and the objectives are met in all aspects.

Positive features

  1. Responsiveness to needs
  2. Currency and relevance
  3. Learning and Teaching strategies
  4. High progression and retention rates
  5. Clear demonstration of critical analysis
  6. Effective SSG strategy
  7. Active attention to needs of individuals
  8. Flexible and extensive libraries and ICT resources
  9. Clear and robust review procedures
  10. Active student participation in QME

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