Reward for student experience standard
University of Edinburgh receives highest possible judgement for its student learning experience.
The University of Edinburgh has received the highest judgement possible in the latest Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) report.
The report looked at the 2011 Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) of the University, before giving a judgement of ‘confidence’.
The ELIR reviewed the University’s approach to improving the learning experience for students, while also evaluating how well it managed and maintained academic standards and quality.
The report provides us with a platform from which we can continue to develop and enhance the student experience, and we will seek to do this by working in partnership with our students.
A model of best practice
The University’s extensive and effective partnership with Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) was highlighted as one of the key areas of good practice, as was the fact that student engagement is valued by students and staff.
The review identified that students are positive about the learning experience provided by the University, in particular the emphasis placed on research-led teaching, the content of the curriculum and the opportunity to engage in research projects.
Of recent major projects, the redevelopment of the University’s main library was recognised as a success.
The recently-established Institute for Academic Development was also noted as an effective driver of enhancement.
A plan for the future
The outcomes of the review were extremely positive and clearly acknowledges the high quality experience provided at Edinburgh. The report provides us with a platform from which we can continue to develop and enhance the student experience, and we will seek to do this by working in partnership with our students.
The University is currently developing an action plan to take forward the review’s recommendations. Progress on these actions will be reported to the QAA one year on from the publication of the report.
The report is available on the QAA website.