Wales' leading university commended by QAA while SU ranks among best in Britain
Responsible for monitoring and advising on the standards and quality in UK higher education, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) conducted a review into Cardiff University in April this year and recorded impressive results in the many areas under assessment. The report particularly praised the university’s dedication to acknowledging the positive contributions of its students, and the consistent monitoring of key strategies by the management team.
While the review uncovered issues regarding the August 2009 marking of papers at Cardiff’s School of Medicine, leading to some graduating students erroneously passing and failing due to incorrect final marks, the QAA acknowledged that these mistakes were subsequently corrected. The cause of the errors, a “standalone, fragmented database” specific to the medical school, has since been replaced by a universal record management system.
Review puts Cardiff University on par with peers
Professor Patricia Price, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience Academic Standards at Cardiff University, has spoken of the constantly-refining approach to the student experience that the university strives to provide:
"Whilst the report provides us with confidence in the quality of our provision, the process of continuous enhancement of the student experience remains a key priority for the university. The Education and Students Way Forward provides us with a framework for the work ahead. Many thanks to everyone, once again."
The results of the QAA report indicate that the university is in good health, with external examiner results confirming that the learning outcomes and levels of academic achievement attained by Cardiff University students were consistent with those in similar institutions.
Student’s union finds success in student survey
Following on from their successful QAA review, Cardiff University received further good news last month as its students’ union was officially voted as one of the best in Britain, according to the 2013 National Student Survey.
A massive 82% of Cardiff University students said they were satisfied with their students’ union, a figure that placed it within the top 10 throughout the UK. The President of the Students’ Union, Elliot Howells, feels the union’s success is down to the fact that it’s “entirely student-led”, and as such is able to quickly and efficiently handle the needs and meet the expectations of the student population.
The independent survey, which received its highest ever response rate from Cardiff University final-year students (80%), found that 89% of students ‘definitely agree’ or ‘mostly agree’ that they were ‘overall satisfied’ with their student experience – this is 5% higher than the Welsh average of 84%, and 3% higher than the UK national average.
These results aren’t the only good news for both current students and those attending Cardiff University this September, as a multi-million redevelopment is currently underway, which will introduce a brand new nightclub to the students’ union, alongside a refurbished restaurant. Due for completion in September 2014, these changes are sure to provide a fantastic welcome to all when studies resume later this year.
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