27th May 2003




Celebrations are taking place at the University of Lincoln after the Quality Assurance Agency awarded the institute with the highest level of confidence.


The institutional audit has shown ‘broad confidence’ in the university for current and future management of the quality of its programmes and the academic standards of its awards.


Particular features of good practice and future planning have been highlighted:


·        The academic and personal support available to students;

·        The use being made of programme specifications to articulate learning outcomes and criteria of assessment;

·        The university’s constructive relationship with its local partner colleges. 


“This is an immense achievement for the university,” said Professor David Chiddick, Vice-Chancellor of the university.


“All three of these features go to the heart of the university’s mission and this outcome defines a new beginning where we can all feel confident that the university is now officially recognised as ‘a university of quality’.”


The university is one of the first to undergo the Quality Assurance Agency’s new style Institutional Audit which makes judgement on how far confidence can be placed in an institution’s management of quality and standards.


This outstanding achievement follows three years of dramatic reorganisation and restructuring unprecedented in the higher education sector.

Established in 1997, the Quality Assurance Agency is an independent body whose mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education.


For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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