QAA quality mark for GCU's student experience standards

26 June 2015

QAA Quality Mark

QAA Quality Mark

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality of the student experience and the academic standard of awards at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) following its review this spring.

A team of QAA reviewers visited GCU and judged that it has effective arrangements for managing academic standards and enhancing the student learning experience.

The review identified a number of examples of positive practice.

These include the successful approach to widening participation and helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds make a successful transition to the University; the clear focus on employability and strong links with business and industry which ensure that students engage with employability skills and career-related opportunities; and the internationalisation of the student experience through opportunities to study abroad and, for those remaining in Scotland, drawing on projects and case studies with an international focus.

The review also highlighted the reflection of the University's Commitment to the Common Good in its culture and engagement with the wider community.

The review identified some areas for development, for example to improve the research student experience in a range of ways including ensuring the availability of appropriate physical space, learning resources and staff capacity to cope with a planned increase in postgraduate research student numbers; and to consider how to develop existing arrangements to further capture and reflect on the views of students who are studying away from the Glasgow campus to enhance the wider student experience.

GCU's Vice-Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Student Experience, Professor Valerie Webster, said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is proud to have received the highest judgement an ELIR panel can confer, confirming the University's commitment to delivering excellence in learning and an outstanding student experience. As a University for the Common Good, we aim to develop our graduates to be proficient in their discipline, enterprising, responsible and capable of fulfilling leadership roles in different organisational and cultural contexts. This Quality Mark reiterates the quality of the student experience and the academic standard of awards here at GCU.”

A successful review means that Glasgow Caledonian University can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.

The review team included Dr Lorraine Anderson (University of Dundee), Anne Gifford (University of the West of Scotland), Professor Diane Meehan (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Tess Goodliffe (international reviewer, Oman Academic Accreditation Authority), Dr Linda Bruce (University of Edinburgh) and Paul Greene (student reviewer from Robert Gordon University).

The report is available on the QAA website.