Taking a closer look at past audit outcomes and what they mean
An assurance of quality
The University and its programmes are subject to external scrutiny by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
The QAA are the body responsible for overseeing the quality assurance of all Higher Education provision in the United Kingdom.
University programmes are also subject to review and accreditation by relevant Professional and Statutory Regulatory Bodies, including:
- Health Professions Council
- Solicitors Regulation Authority
The University of Hertfordshire previously underwent QAA Institutional audit in 2004 and 2009 as well as a Collaborative Provision Audit in 2006. The findings of all audits were that broad confidence (the highest finding a university can receive through the audit process) can be placed in:
- the soundness of the University's management of the academic standards of all of its awards
- the capacity of the University to manage effectively the quality of the learning opportunities offered to its students.
The team of QAA reviewers most recently visited the University in December 2015 and again judged that our academic standards, enhancement of our students' learning experience, and the quality of information about this learning experience all meet UK expectations. In other words, the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.
The review identified the following areas of good practice:
- The University takes an inclusive, departmental and enhancement-orientated approach to its engagement with its extensive and complex range of collaborative partner institutions;
- The University promotes a strong cohort identity among its research degree students, within a stimulating and supportive learning environment.