In April 2014, The University will be subject to a review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency that is responsible for assuring the standards of Higher Education in the UK.
This review is of fundamental importance and requires the University to prepare a Self-Assessment Document and supporting evidence that details how we meet the expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. There is also a requirement for a student submission that will provide a student perspective within the context of the expectations of the Quality Code. The University and UBU have agreed to collaborate and submit a joint submission.
A team of reviewers from the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) will scrutinise the University Self-Assessment Document and associated evidence prior to their visit in April 2014 during which they will meet with staff and students.
The QAA Review Team will make judgments on whether The University of Bradford:
- sets and maintains academic standards that meet agreed UK expectations
- provides appropriate learning opportunities for students
- is working to enhance the quality of student learning opportunities
- produces accurate and reliable public information.
Evidence required to support the University Self-Assessment Document will comprise materials related to your everyday activities including but not limited to: programme and module handbooks, programme specifications, programme and school enhancement plans, assessment briefs, marking criteria, external examiners reports, minutes of student staff liaison committees and University Committees.
I am sure that you will appreciate the importance of the evidence submitted in order to reflect the outstanding standard of learning and teaching provided by the University and alignment with University requirements. In this regard, the Academic Quality and Partnership Office is working with the Associate Deans Learning and Teaching in order to co-ordinate best evidence from programme teams.
The Self-Evaluation Document is being drafted in consultation with Students’ Union sabbatical officers, Associate Deans Learning and Teaching and other academics and professional service staff.
Students’ Union Academic Sabbatical Officer, Patrick Shortis is leading the consultation that will inform the student input into the Self-Evaluation Document.
The QAA will publish the outcome of the review (together with recommendations for action).
The Vice-Chancellor says: “We cannot underestimate the importance of this review to the reputation of The University of Bradford. Please make sure that you support all our efforts fully, so that we can show the University in its best light”.