Issue date: 21 December 2001

The Faculty of Economics and Social Science at the University of the West of England has achieved excellent results in recent quality assessments for Economics and Politics.

The Faculty was assessed as a part of ongoing national assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) which measures standards against national criteria.

The department of Economics achieved 23 marks out of a possible 24. Areas assessed include Curriculum (4/4), teaching, learning and assessment (4/4), students support and guidance (4/4), student progression and achievement (3/4), quality management and enhancement (4/4), and learning resources (4/4).

The department of Politics achieved 21 marks out of 24. Any score above 20 out of 24 is deemed to be excellent.

The reviewers were particularly impressed, in both subjects, with the arrangements in place for student support and guidance. They liked the system of trained student advisors. In the case of Economics they noted the high proportion of people who had become ILT members, and they complimented the team on research that had been done across the Faculty in teaching and learning. In Politics they were particularly impressed by an especially innovative module that aims to bring the various elements of the subject together, called ¡¥Reading Politics¡¦.

Professor Alison Assiter, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science said, ¡§The Economics result is superb and well deserved given the work done in teaching and learning issues by the group. The Politics result is a very good result and the Politics team were particularly complimented on their innovative curriculum.


Editor¡¦s notes

1. Politics results: Curriculum (4/4), Teaching Learning and Assessment (3/4), Student progression and achievement (3/4), Students support and guidance (4/4), Learning resources (4/4) and Quality Management and enhancement (3/4).

2. Teaching Quality Assessments

Bristol UWE has an excellent and well-deserved reputation for teaching. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has an ongoing programme of subject review, to assess the quality of the teaching in universities and higher education colleges.

Bristol UWE has scored highly in these assessments, particularly in the following subjects:

„h Art, Media and Design (22/24)
„h Biological and Biomedical Sciences (24/24)
„h Building and Quantity Surveying (21/24)
„h Business and Management (Excellent)
„h Cultural and Media Studies (22/24)
„h Economics (23/24)
„h Education (Excellent)
„h Electronic Engineering (21/24)
„h English (Excellent)
„h French, German, Spanish and Linguistics (21/24)
„h Land and Property Management (22/24)
„h Law (Excellent)
„h Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (21/24)
„h Nursing and Midwifery (22/24)
„h Psychology (22/24)
„h Sociology (23/24)
„h Town and Country Planning and Housing (23/24)

In 1996, in 1999 and again in 2000, the University¡¦s Legal Practice Course was awarded the highest assessment of ¡¥excellent¡¦ by the Legal Practice Course Board.

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