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Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education: Assessment of the quality of education

In the Lent Term 1998 a team of assessors, appointed by the QAA, visited the University to assess the quality of education provided in Engineering. Under the procedures operated by the QAA, at the conclusion of a subject assessment the six core aspects of provision (Curriculum Design, Content, and Organization; Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Student Progression and Achievement; Student Support and Guidance; Learning Resources; Quality Assurance and Enhancement) are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 4 to create a graded profile. An overall judgement is derived from this, either 'quality approved' or 'unsatisfactory quality', the latter resulting from grade 1 in one or more aspects of provision.

The final assessment report in Engineering, which has been published by the QAA, has now been received. The assessors approved the quality of education provided by the University and the following outstanding result was achieved:

Curriculum design, content, and organization 4
Teaching, learning, and assessment 4
Student progression and achievement 4
Student support and guidance 4
Learning resources 4
Quality assurance and enhancement 3

Copies of the assessment report are available to members of the University on request from the Education Section of the General Board Division of the University Offices, 4 Parson's Court (tel. (7)66268).

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Cambridge University Reporter, 17 February 1999
Copyright © 1999 The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge.