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Internal News - 15 December 2008

QAA Institutional Audit outcome: full confidence for learning & teaching at Bath

The quality and standards of our programmes, teaching and learning opportunities at the University of Bath have recently been audited by the Quality Assurance Agency.

The outcome of the process is ‘confidence’ in the management of our quality and standards, and the quality of our learning opportunities. ‘Confidence’ is the highest recognition that can be given to an institution.

In the indicative summary ( a considerable number of examples of good practice are mentioned. This includes:

Professor Ian Jamieson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) commented on the outcome: "It is of course important and rewarding that this report recognises how our students benefit from a great learning experience and highly credible academic standards for their degree.

"We should note that this result goes further, with good practice being noted in such a very wide range of aspects of learning and teaching, we can justifiably say that excellence is widespread and substantial.

"This is a huge vote of confidence in the institution and its staff and students and a reflection on the work of the LTEO in managing the complex work of Audit.

"I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all those who are involved in the delivery of learning & teaching at the University."

The full report by the auditors will be available in February 2009.


The Quality Assurance Agency (See Related Links) is the national organisation responsible for auditing all HE institutions once every six years.

During an audit all aspects of learning and teaching are scrutinised. In support of the process both the institution and the Students’ Union provide extensive statements on the quality and standards of the institution and a number of meetings with staff and students take place.