SGS College given areas to improve
THE BODY overseeing higher education in the country has given South Gloucestershire and Stroud College a long list of improvements that need to be made before the academic year begins.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education review team identified a number of areas where the college, which formed from a merger of Stroud and Filton’s colleges in 2010, should improve before the academic year 2013/14.
The body said the college needed to develop and launch a programme of staff development specific to higher education, as well as ensure that the results of the National Student Survey are used to improve students' learning opportunities.
The QAA also said the college should take additional steps to promote and facilitate the involvement of students in quality assurance processes as well as implement a policy of routinely sharing external examiner reports with student representatives.
Another area for focus should the college's website, which should be improved by ensuring all information about higher education is fit for purpose, accessible and trustworthy.
In addition, the QAA tasked the education centre with developing a college-level approach to improving the quality of students' learning opportunities by January, 2014.
The agency did note some positive features of the college including the effectiveness of personal tutoring arrangements and the opportunities available for students to participate in field trips and excursions.
The QAA safeguards the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education, including universities.
Vice principal Sara-Jane Watkins said the college was pleased the QAA had confirmed the standards of higher education provision at SGS and the quality of student learning opportunities, following its review in April 2013.
"QAA recognised that as a result of the merger, there are still some administrative systems and policies to be integrated further, which could not have happened mid-year and in time for the inspection," she said.
"We have a detailed action plan to address these areas, many of which are already in place. We were also pleased that the review identified two examples of good practice at the college."
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