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City's approach to student engagement and employability commended by quality watchdog

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education gives City University London its seal of approval
by Sophie C

nullThe UK standards body for Higher Education has today published a positive report about City University London. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) confirmed that City met all expectations for academic standards and for the quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities. The University's proactive approach was commended in several areas.

Vice-Chancellor of City University London, Professor Paul Curran commented:"We are extremely proud of our higher education at City University London and welcome the confidence expressed by QAA in our academic standards and the quality of the learning opportunities we offer. This positive outcome is a welcome endorsement of the hard work that is done by staff across the University."

The Quality Assurance Agency is an independent body whose mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education. HE institutions are reviewed approximately every six years to evaluate academic standards, educational provision and the quality of the student experience. The comprehensive review process is conducted by a panel of senior academics from across the HE sector. Institutions that receive a positive outcome are eligible to display the QAA quality mark as a public recognition of the quality of education provided.

During the Institutional Review visit the QAA review team met a wide range of senior officers, academic and professional staff and a large number of students. The openness, enthusiasm and commitment of both the staff and the students were commended by the QAA team.

The review panel identified several examples of good practice including City's proactive approach to student engagement and the use of Student Ambassadors to facilitate widening participation activities. The University's commitment to employability, which brings together careers advice, placements and personal development planning, was also identified as an example of good practice.

Part of the review system involves the team making recommendations for the future. An action plan setting out how City intends to build on its current good practice is due to be published in March.

The report is available on the website of the Quality Assurance Agency.

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