Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Gloucestershire Partnership a Failure, Says QAA

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Gloucestershire Partnership a Failure, Says QAA

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The "systemic failure" of a university's partnership with a private college meant that 40 master's students did not take their course, the sector's quality watchdog has found.

The Quality Assurance Agency has published a "concerns" report into the partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and London-based Williams College. The investigation focused mainly on a university- franchised MBA, one of 13 franchise programmes included in the partnership.

Gloucestershire's franchise model meant the partner was responsible for "teaching, setting and marking assessed work, subject only to university approval and moderation - normally by sample - undertaken by the university and its external examiners", the QAA says.

But the college "frequently ignored university protocols and procedures", while Gloucestershire "failed to undertake formal monitoring on a consistent basis".

The QAA report says: "Together, this constitutes a systemic failure of the Williams College partnership."

The report refers to a cohort of MBA students due to start in June 2011 who became "the unwitting victims of a prolonged inter-institutional dispute" between Gloucestershire and Williams College. …

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