The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Leeds City College (the College) following its review in March.
A team of QAA reviewers visited the College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.
The review identifies two examples of good practice:
- the strategic approach to supporting and facilitating scholarly activity and the professional recognition of staff, which are firmly embedded across Leeds City College and Leeds College of Music and which enrich the student experience
- the implementation of the new VLE platform and its integration with specific mobile hardware at Leeds City College to support student learning.
The review made a number of recommendations for improvements to Leeds City College, including:
- work at a strategic level to improve the quality, consistency and usefulness for students of feedback on assessment
- ensure there is oversight at the highest level of the College that the information produced for staff, students and external stakeholders is fit for purpose, accessible and trustworthy.
Colin Booth, Principal and CEO of Leeds City College, said: ‘I am delighted that QAA has recognised the quality of provision offered at Leeds City College. The review is positive and we are proud to be accredited with the esteemed Quality Mark. I am confident that staff will take these recommendations and implement them into their teaching.’
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 Leeds City College comprised Michael Cottam (Myerscough College), Liam Curran (South West College), Dr Dawn Edwards (Royal Northern College of Music), Sophie Elliott (student reviewer, Amersham and Wycombe College), Laurence McNaughton (student reviewer, University of Southampton) and Christine Willmore (University of Bristol).
A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that it meets national requirements for standards and quality.