THE Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the standards of provision at Swindon College following its review in February 2014.
A team of QAA reviewers visited Swindon 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 review identified a number of examples of good practice, including strong support for student progression into higher education, and a commitment to the employability of students, including links with a range of local employers.
The College’s dyslexia screening programme, and its direct engagement of external examiners with students and staff, were considered good practice.
The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example: The college needs to work with its student body to review the way it promotes indepen-dent representation, in order to support students to engage in the quality assurance of their own higher education.
Andrew Miller, principal and CE of Swindon College, said: “I am delighted with the review. The college has met the expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education in all areas, which is a great result.”
The review means that Swindon College can display the QAA Quality Mark. The review team comprised Professor Amanda Dowd (University of Warwick), Jamie Clark (independent student reviewer), and Dr Clive Marsland (University of West London).