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University-level students celebrating their recent success

Staff and students from the University Centre at Wakefield College were celebrating following a positive review of quality and standards of provision by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

A team of inspectors spent a week at the University Centre 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 identified three examples of good practice:

  • the extensive professional development for academic and support staff, which enhances their contribution to students' learning opportunities
  • the involvement of employers and students in the development of significant projects that contribute to the Higher Education Strategy
  • the widely embedded strategic approach to activities that enhance current and potential students' employability.

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright said: 'We are delighted with the findings of the QAA Review team and their recognition of the hard work of our dedicated team of staff.  We are proud of the work that we are doing to increase the higher skills levels of the residents of our local communities, and that QAA recognised the fact that we seek to enhance the traditional higher education experience through strong employer links and their involvement in curriculum development and delivery, and a drive towards employability. 

'The work we do to develop our staff and ensure they are delivering up to date and relevant curricula is very important to us and the review team's acknowledgement of this is something we are proud of.  In addition, the College welcomes the recommendations of the review team; all of which were consistent with our internal understanding of ways in which we can continue to strengthen the quality of our higher education provision.'

The university Centre at the College continues to go from strength to strength with applications increasing year on year whilst the new £6.8M Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC), which will become the new hub of the University Centre, set to open its doors to students next year.

Enrolments for new students wishing to study a university-level course are currently taking place. For more information please contact the Course Information team on 01924 789111.   

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 7 September, 2016

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