Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Private Medical College Decries Poor Diagnosis

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Private Medical College Decries Poor Diagnosis

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A university that validates courses at a private medical college has insisted that academic standards and teaching at the institution "remain strong" despite its being criticised by the higher education watchdog.

In a report published earlier this year, the Quality Assurance Agency said that Medipathways College - a small London-based institution that has been offering university-level courses for aspiring medical and dental students since 2011 - was failing to meet expectations in two key areas.

These included the expectation that degree-awarding bodies should take "ultimate responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities" and that education providers should "produce information for their intended audiences about the higher education they offer that is fit for purpose, accessible and trustworthy". Both of these failures were deemed to cause a "serious" level of risk by the QAA.

According to the review, Medipathways was formed in close association with the University of Buckingham. All current Medipathways programmes - of which there are three - are validated by the university.

The report accepts that the college, which utilises teaching and laboratory facilities at Birkbeck, University of London, was taking action to improve. …

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