UK Quality Mark for Nottingham Trent University

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Nottingham Trent University following its review in February 2015.

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NTU receives the QAA Quality Mark following its successful review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Nottingham Trent University following its review in February 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Nottingham Trent University and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the partnership between the University and the Students' Union which helps the University engage with, and respond to the needs of, so many different types of students
  • the approach to student employability which has included the development of a University Employability and Enterprise team over the last three years to enhance the career prospects and employability of its students.

The review also highlighted the wide range of research-informed teaching and learning projects which help improve students' learning.

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:

  • to strengthen the involvement of the external examiner in overseeing minor programme changes
  • to develop arrangements to ensure the University retains ultimate responsibility for the appointment and function of external examiners in partner courses.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, Nottingham Trent University, said: "Nottingham Trent University is delighted at this endorsement of the high quality of our educational offer and the opportunities we provide to all students.

"The review recognised our systematic commitment to innovation and enhancement within our curriculum, for which we are now receiving national recognition. Strong partnerships with employers and education providers in the region and internationally add depth and relevance to our courses and - as the report states - enable us to take deliberate and effective steps to enhance the career prospects and employability of our students.

"The excellent partnership between students and staff at NTU energises our approach to learning, teaching and research and the review found many examples of how students are actively involved at the highest levels in the University. The panel also credited our effective use of management information throughout the university - we believe this enables us to deliver continuous improvements to what is already an outstanding academic experience at NTU."

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Nottingham Trent University included Gregory Clark (independent), Professor Diane Meehan (Liverpool John Moores University), Mark Irwin (BIMM Ltd), Penny Renwick (Manchester Metropolitan University), Emeritus Professor Malcolm Cook (independent) and Mr Lyes Bouakaz (student reviewer from the University of Sheffield).

A successful review means that the University can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.

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    The review carried out at Nottingham Trent University was a Higher Education Review (HER). View more information on HER.

    The report on Nottingham Trent University was published on 8 May 2015. View the report.

    QAA safeguards the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education. We check how UK universities and Universities 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 develop effective systems to ensure students have the best learning experience. View further information.

    Nottingham Trent University was recognised for its innovative Teaching and Learning and Business Engagement, winning both these categories at the Guardian University Awards 2015. In November 2014 it won a Times Higher Education (THE) Award in the 'Outstanding Support for Students' category for its new Student Dashboard – an online resource that helps students to improve their academic performance. It is actively showcasing these initiatives to the sector as there is widespread interest.

    Nottingham Trent University has also been shortlisted in four categories in this year's Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards in the Outstanding Finance Team, Outstanding Procurement Team, Outstanding Human Resources Team and Digital Innovation of the Year.

    The University jumped nine places to joint 31st in this year's THE Student Experience Survey and in April 2015 climbed 22 places to 13th in the UK in the 'University of the Year' category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

UK Quality Mark for Nottingham Trent University

Published on 11 May 2015
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