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York's Askham Bryan College Passes Inspection

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1:45pm 1st May 2014

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Askham Bryan College following its review of the College in February.

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

The quality of student learning opportunities and the enhancement of learning opportunities at Askham Bryan College were commended by the review team meaning that, in these two areas, the College was deemed to have exceeded UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include: the significant involvement of employers in curriculum design, development and approval processes, extensive mechanisms to engage and respond to the student voice at all levels, and the proactive approach of staff across the College to enhance student learning opportunities.

Liz Philip, Principal of Askham Bryan College, said: 'I am absolutely delighted that this report recognises the standard and commitment at Askham Bryan College to providing excellent higher education. 

'I am particularly delighted that our excellent partnership with employers is singled out for recognition.

'Our focus is very much on ensuring that our graduates have a practical understanding of the world of work, placing them head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to employment opportunities. Staff, students and employers all work together to ensure that goal remains very much our focus.'

The range of specialist student support and expertise provided by the College from application through to graduation, accompanied by the integration of academic and pastoral support for students provided by course managers and support staff, and aided by specialist software, were identified as further features of good practice.

The review team noted that the College is already taking action to improve the educational provision offered to its students. It is piloting text messaging software to address student concerns in respect of course management and organisation, and providing staff development to address the inconsistency between annual course reports.

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

The review team comprised Professor Debbie Lockton (formerly of De Montfort University), Emma Hedges (a graduate of Staffordshire University, now Student Activities and Representation Coordinator at Keele University Students' Union) and Philip Price, an independent reviewer.

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