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Quality assurance agency higher education review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) carried out a review of The Open University in December 2015 and confirmed that the quality and standards of provision at the University meet UK expectations in all four areas of judgement:

  • The setting and maintenance of academic standards
  • The quality of student learning opportunities 
  • The information provided about higher education provision 
  • The enhancement of students' learning opportunities.

The QAA also identified the following examples of good practice:

  • The widespread and effective use of independent external advisors in setting and maintaining academic standards
  • The wide range of support provided to enquirers and applicants in line with the University’s commitment to open access and widening participation
  • The highly effective embedding of the needs of disabled students through the design, approval and delivery of curriculum
  • The widespread commitment to student success as a focal point for enhancement activity
  • The effective ongoing improvement of the University’s curriculum development process to provide a comprehensive online resource for the development of modules and qualifications 

Three recommendations and seven affirmations of work already underway were also identified in the report, which can be downloaded from the QAA website

The University’s action plan in response to the review is available to be downloaded (.pdf)