Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

QAA Kudos for Bournemouth Student Support: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

QAA Kudos for Bournemouth Student Support: News

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Bournemouth University has become the first higher education institution to be commended for the quality of its student learning opportunities by the Quality Assurance Agency.

The commendation, the highest award possible under the agency's institutional review scheme, came in light of a review carried out in June and published on 6 September.

In the three other categories assessed - academic standards, quality of information and enhancement of student learning opportunities - Bournemouth met expectations, the QAA says. The review team indicates no areas in need of improvement.

This is the first time since the agency introduced the commended level in 2011 that it has awarded it in this category.

Commendation is possible in all areas except "academic standards", but so far only a handful of institutions, including the universities of Lincoln, Warwick and York, have been recognised in any field, said a spokeswoman for the agency.

The QAA defines "learning opportunities" as provision made for students' learning, including planned study, teaching, assessment, and academic and personal support, plus resources, such as libraries, laboratories and studios. …

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