UK Quality Mark for University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Apr 28, 2016 11:30 AM |
Review by Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education highlights good practice

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 April 2016

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at University of Leicester (the University) following its review in February 2016.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the University and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identifies a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the inclusive approach to the management of change which will enable the realisation of strategic priorities
  • the commitment to widening participation which promotes student inclusivity
  • the strategic approach to the professional development of students which enhances their employability.

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:

  • the University should review its regulations to assure itself that all graduates will meet threshold standards in minor subject pathways
  • to ensure that departments are fully implementing the Code of Practice for the personal support of students, for all modes of programme delivery
  • to articulate a policy governing the employment of postgraduate research students as teachers.

Professor Jon Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said: “The University of Leicester is delighted that QAA has confirmed the quality and standards of its educational provision. Higher Education Review is a rigorous process and this review confirms the University's long track record of meeting the sector's benchmarks. It was particularly pleasing that the review team identified as good practice our work in support of widening participation and student employability since these are both aspects which reflect core aims of the University and on which the University has placed significant emphasis.

“It was also gratifying to note that in this review the QAA team again recognised as good practice the ongoing support for our research students.”

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed University of Leicester comprised Professor Alan Bilsborough (University of Durham), Professor Ann Holmes (independent reviewer), Elizabeth Houghton (Lancaster University), Hilary Placito (University of Surrey) and Howard White (University of Bath).

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


Notes to editor:

For more information, please contact Rosalind Moore, Communications Officer, at: or 01452 389643.

The review carried out at University of Leicester was a Higher Education Review (HER). More information on HER is available at:

The report on University of Leicester was published on 28 April 2016. It is available at:

QAA safeguards the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education. We check how UK universities and colleges maintain their academic standards and quality. We review and report on how they meet their responsibilities, identify good practice and make recommendations for improvement. We publish guidelines to help UK universities and colleges develop effective systems to ensure students have the best learning experience. Further information is available at:

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