Docstoc

QAA Scotland

Document Sample
QAA Scotland Powered By Docstoc
					QAA Scotland
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education



The Robert Gordon University
Institutional Profile
Version at 27 February 2007

Production of profile

1. This profile was drafted following discussions with the University, including the
   annual discussion meetings held on 27 August 2004, 13 October 2005, 21
   September 2006, preliminary ELIR discussions (including on 14 February 2007),
   and electronic communication.


Introduction to the Institution

2. Robert Gordon’s Technical College became a Scottish Central Institution in 1903
   having had its origins in 1750 as the educational arm of the Robert Gordon’s
   Hospital. In the nineteenth century, it incorporated the Aberdeen Mechanics
   Institute and the Aberdeen Pharmaceutical Society, and provided the site for
   Gray’s School of Art. It changed its name to Robert Gordon’s Institute of
   Technology in 1965, was accredited by the CNAA and became the Robert
   Gordon University in 1992.

3. The University’s mission is ‘to inspire and enable the transformation of
   individuals, economies and societies’ and its vision is ‘to be internationally
   recognized for excellence in professional education and applied research’.

4. The academic activities of the University are divided into three faculties, each
   with constituent schools or cognate departments: the Faculty of Design and
   Technology; the Faculty of Health and Social Care; and the Aberdeen Business
   School.

5. The University is based on two sites: the Schoolhill campus, based in traditional
   surroundings in Aberdeen’s city centre; and the Garthdee campus, a modern
   estate some 4 miles south west of the city centre. The Schoolhill campus is the
   location of several administration departments, library services, and the Students’
   Association, as well as the schools of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Computing
   Sciences. The Garthdee campus is the location of the Aberdeen Business
   School, as well as a number of other schools (Applied Social Sciences; Health
   Sciences; Nursing and Midwifery; the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and
   Built Environment; and Gray’s School of Art), and also contains library services,
   non-academic support facilities, and social and open spaces.

6. The University recognizes the following forms of academic collaboration:
   franchised courses; validated courses; and credit-rating of external provision.
   The University has validated stage 3 of a BA in Hospitality Management with
   Motherwell College, and this is currently in its first year of operation. On
   occasion, the University may seek to enter into an agreement with one of more
   partner institutions or organizations with degree-awarding powers for the
   provision of joint awards; currently, no such agreements are in force. A recent
   and anticipated growing area of activity involves the credit-rating of third party


                                                                                        1
   short course provision for corporate clients. This was initiated in recent years
   with NHS Grampian but, more recently, has been extended as part of a major
   international agreement with Shell Exploration and Production through its training
   centre in The Hague. In addition, the University participates in student exchange
   study periods.

7. From 2001-02, the University has offered, in partnership with local further
   education colleges, its Degree Link Programme, which seeks to offer students a
   ‘seamless’ transition from Higher National Diploma (HN) programmes into
   relevant degrees at the University. Appendix A provides data on student intakes
   to this programme, from the three established partner colleges, for the sessions
   2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. Partnership agreements for the Degree Link
   Programme have more recently been extended to include Dundee College and
   the UHI Millennium Institute. (Please refer to case study 1 in the RA)


8. As at July 2006, the University’s staff population was constituted as follows: 443
   academic staff; 87 academic research staff; 906 professional and support staff,
   including 74 staff in senior management grades. A profile of student numbers at
   the University is contained in Appendix B.



Previous institutional quality audit


9. In 2002, the University underwent QAA Quality Audit (‘continuation audit’). The
   audit found evidence of ‘a strong and supportive institutional commitment to
   quality assurance…’, and the report identified a number of points for
   commendation in relation to the University’s quality assurance systems. The
   report further noted that a ‘culture of enhancement’ had emerged from the audit
   visit. The audit report noted that since an institutional audit in 1995, and the 1999
   audit of collaborative provision arrangements in Malaysia, the University had
   undertaken a ‘significant and extensive amount of work to refine and enhance its
   quality assurance systems’. It was further noted that, drawing upon the matters
   raised in the Malaysian overseas audit and the outcomes of the University’s own
   considerations, the institution had taken a strategic decision to withdraw from
   most of its collaborative provision.

10. The 2002 audit report identified that the University had put particular effort into
   encouraging student feedback, and student representation on its committees and,
   under ‘points for further consideration’ highlighted the advisability of exploring
   ways in which the University might secure greater student participation in the
   monitoring and enhancement of the it’s provision. The report also highlighted that
   the University had embarked upon a major initiative to offer programmes through
   a ‘virtual campus’, and the institution was asked to consider the advisability of
   ensuring careful attention was given to the particular management and quality
   assurance arrangements required to underpin this new learning environment.
   Related to the above, the report also identified that particular attention was being
   given to developing staff expertise and ensuring appropriate investment in new
   information technologies; the report further advised of the need to ensure
   ‘sufficient, timely and targeted’ staff development to underpin the full range of the
   University’s activities. The report also highlighted the vocational focus of the
   University’s programmes, and the importance of its placement-system; in doing
   so, the report advised of the opportunities for enhanced consistency in the


                                                                                        2
   establishment and monitoring of such placements. Finally, the report identified a
   small number of ‘desirable’ points for consideration in relation to: internal
   academic quality review; student admissions arrangements; and arrangements
   for publicity and recruitment material.

11. In January 2003, the University submitted a comprehensive ‘follow-up’ progress
    report to the QAA. The progress report included: a statement on how
    consideration of the Quality Audit Report and the subsequent actions had been
    taken forward within the University; a commentary on the conclusions of the audit
    report; a brief description of the actions taken in response to the points for
    commendation and further consideration; and a brief description of other relevant
    developments in the area of quality management, and an analysis of the
    effectiveness to date of these developments. (A copy of this response is
    enclosed in the ELIR team’s pack of advance materials).



External review at the subject level

12. The table below sets out the summary outcomes of the small number of QAA
    academic (subject) reviews conducted during 2001. In all cases the reviewers
    had ‘confidence’ in the academic standards of the programmes under review, and
    found the quality of learning opportunities to be ‘commendable’ across the all
    three aspects of provision. (Copies of these subject reviews are included in the
    pack of advance materials to the ELIR team).

QAA Academic subject review 2000-2001
                 Academic    Quality of              Quality of        Quality of
                 Standards learning                  learning          learning
                             opportunities:          opportunities:    opportunities:
                             Teaching &              Student           Learning
                             Learning                Progression       Resources
Architecture,    Confidence Commendable              Commendable       Commendable
Architectural
Technology &
Landscape
Architecture
Hospitality,     Confidence Commendable              Commendable       Commendable
Leisure, Sport &
Tourism
Librarianship &  Confidence Commendable              Commendable       Commendable
Information
Management


Internal review at the subject level

13. Internal review is the process adopted by the University to formally review, on
    a six yearly cycle, its major subject provision. Following the formal review,
    there is a three year interim review, in order to monitor progress against
    action/issues raised through the review process. The primary purpose of
    internal review is to assure the University that there is effective management
    of the quality and standards of its subject provision and that there is evidence
    of a commitment to continuous development and enhancement. The internal



                                                                                       3
   review process also enables the University to monitor the effectiveness of the
   annual appraisal process. Internal review normally involves re-approval of
   course portfolio associated with the subject (being reviewed). The internal
   review is conducted by a review panel consisting of both internal and external
   members. Since session 2005-06, a student representative has been included
   on the review panel. The review panel is required to make a judgement of
   confidence or no confidence in respect of the assurance of quality and
   standards and evidence of commitment to continuous development and
   enhancement for each of the subjects reviewed. On reaching a judgement of
   ‘confidence’, the panel will have the opportunity to make ‘commendations’ and
   ‘recommendations’. In reaching a judgement of ‘no confidence, the panel is
   required to clearly indicate the basis whereby this judgement has been
   reached and indicate to the University what steps could be taken to address
   this outcome. In terms of the re-approval of courses, the panel can make a
   judgement either to approve a course with conditions and/or
   recommendations or to not approve a course.


14. Appendix C contains summary outcomes of those internal reviews undertaken
    from 2003-04 to 2006-07, and a forward plan for internal reviews to 2011-2012.
    Appendix D contains the University’s most recent annual return on the outcomes
    of internal review to the Scottish Funding Council (for 2005-06).


Enhancement themes

15. The University is actively involved in the following Enhancement Themes
   Steering Groups (the names indicate RGU staff membership of the groups):
           Responding to student needs (led by John Harper)
           Assessment (Win Hornby)
           Flexible Learning (Judith Smith)
           Employability (James Dunphy)
           Research Teaching Linkages (Alan Davidson and Robert Newton)
           First year experience (Ruth Taylor)

16. In addition, John Harper participated in the education tour to Canada organised
    by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC). The
    University further notes that there was ‘a high attendance of staff at Themes
    events in the first year, but that this was less so in the second year, partly as the
    type of activity was somewhat different’.



Other information from the University: Brief update on recent organisational
changes (information provided by the University)

17. Posts to support enhancement: The University has recently appointed a Vice-
    Principal (Student Experience and External Affairs) and the former Manager
    (Student Services) has been re-designated Dean of Students. These changes will
    further strengthen the focus on, and coordination of, the development of Support
    Services. In addition, the Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching
    and Assessment (DELTA) was formed in Autumn 2006 from a merger of the
    former Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the
    Department of eLearning (DeL). A new position of Dean has been established to



                                                                                            4
   lead this department. The Dean will play a key role in taking forward the
   University’s enhancement agenda.

18. Estates development: Since 2002, there has been major estates development,
    particularly at the Garthdee Campus. This has included the construction of a
    £28m Faculty of Health and Social Care building, a £23m sport centre, a medical
    centre and a nursery. Planning approval has recently been obtained for £150m
    estates development at Garthdee which would see the University locate to a
    single site by 2015. The Estates Masterplan, approved by the Board of
    Governors, aims to produce four academic precincts (Creative Arts, Business,
    Health and Technology) which will be inter-linked by three support hubs (Learning
    Resource, Student Welfare and Administration).

19. Changes to the Student Association: The Student Association has recently
    employed a new management team appointing a new general manager at the
    start of December 2006 and a Commercial Services Manager in January 2007.
    To aid student participation and ownership, the Student Association has recently
    had a revised constitution approved by the Board of Governors and the new
    charities body, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The new
    constitution will make provision for a more appropriate level of executive decision
    making whilst also ensuring wider input is achieved through a small number of
    advisory groups. This was the first student association constitution to be
    approved by OSCR in Scotland and will set a precedent for other Student
    Associations who have to follow. The proposed constitution is to be taken to the
    student body and will hopefully be approved at the Student Association’s AGM on
    15 February 2007.




                                                                                     5
6
Appendix A: Intake to Degree Link courses from partner colleges: Aberdeen, Banff & Buchan and Angus further education colleges


                                                                  Session 03-04     Session 04-05     Session 05-06
Aberdeen Business School                      Stage                2    3   Total    2    3   Total    2    3   Total
BA HONS ACCOUNTING & FINANCE                                       3    0       3    2    1       3    3    2       5
BA HONS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION                                    1   16     17     1   13     14     0   18     18
BA HONS BUSINESS STUDIES#                                          9    0       9    9    0       9
BA HONS LAW & MANAGEMENT                                           2   16     18     1   24     25     3   26     29
BA HONS MANAGEMENT*                                                                                    3    0      3
BA HONS MANAGEMENT WITH ECONOMICS*                                                                     1    0      1
BA HONS MANAGEMENT WITH FINANCE*                                                                       0    0      0
BA HONS MANAGEMENT WITH HR MANAGEMENT*                                                                 2    0      2
BA HONS MANAGEMENT WITH MARKETING*                                                                     2    0      2
BA HONS CORPORATE COMMUNICATION                                    9    0      9     5   21     26     1    9     10
BA HONS PUBLISHING                                                                                     0    1      1
BA HONS PUBLISHING WITH JOURNALISM                                 4    0      4     0    2      2     2    4      6
BA HONS RETAIL MANAGEMENT                                          2    4      6     6    4     10     1    1      2
BA HONS TOURISM & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT*                          3   16     19     3    9     12     2   10     12
BA HONS HOTEL & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT*                            1    4      5     2    3      5     1    4      5
Faculty Total
                                                                 34    56     90    29   77    106    21   75     96
Faculty of Design and Technology               Stage               2    3   Total    2    3   Total    2    3   Total
BSc(ENG) HONS ELECTRONIC & ELECTRICAL ENG*                                           0    3       3    1    1       2
BEng (Hons) ELECTRONIC & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING*                                                       1    0       1
BSc (ENG) HONS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING*                                               2    1      3     0    2       2
BEng/BEng (Hons) MECHANICAL SYSTEMS#                               5    3      8
BEng(Hons) MECHANICAL & OFFSHORE ENGINEERING                       1    0      1
BEng (Hons)) MECHANICAL ENGINEERING*                                                 2    0      2     4    1      5
BSc (Hons) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & ROBOTICS*                                                         2    0      2
BSc (Hons) COMPUTER NETWORK MANAGEMENT & DESIGN                    5   12     17     4   17     21     1   18     19
BSc HONS COMPUTING FOR INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA                       0   27     27     0   14     14     0    8      8
BSc HONS INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY*                                             0    8      8     9    7     16
Faculty Total
                                                                 11    42     53     8   43     51    18   37     55




                                                                                                                                 7
Faculty of Health & Social Care                     Stage                   2     3   Total    2     3   Total    2     3    Total
BA (Hons) APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES                                           3     7     10     2     9     11     4     7      11
Faculty Total
                                                                            3     7      10    2     9      11    4     7      11
UNIVERSITY TOTAL
                                                                               48 105       153 39 129        168 43 119      162
* New DL route (NB Intake to Aberdeen Business School dipped slightly in 2005-06 due to less interest in corporate comms,
which was also reflected at FE level. Students on hospitality & tourism courses have entered new named routes of BA (Hons)
International Tourism or International Hospitality)
# course discontinued or renamed from 04-05




                                                                                                                                     8
Appendix B: Student Profile of the University, session 2005-06


                                  Undergraduate            PG Taught      PG Research             Overall
Faculty                            FT       PT            FT      PT      FT      PT       FT       PT      Total
Aberdeen Business School          1,672     177           967    1,469     36     20      2,675    1,666     4,341
Design & Technology               1,993     520           473     245      69     37      2,535     802      3,337
Health & Social Care              3,186    1,516          212     628      41     31      3,439    2,175     5,614
PG Professional Studies             0        1             3       22       0      0        3        23       26
TOTAL                             6,851    2,214         1,655   2,364    146     88      8,652    4,666    13,318




Students on Collaborative Programmes registered for University Awards - Session 2005/06

No collaborative programmes running in Session 2005/06



Student Characteristics (excluding collaborative programmes)

Gender
                                             Undergraduate         PG Taught     PG Research                Overall
Faculty                           Gender      FT      PT          FT      PT     FT      PT         FT        PT      Total
Aberdeen                           Male       677     77          544     719    13       9        1,234      805     2,039
Business                          Female      995    100          423     750    23      11        1,441      861     2,302
School                             Total     1,672   177          967    1,469   36      20        2,675     1,666    4,341
Design &                           Male       1,333      277      411     205     43       31      1,787     513      2,300




                                                                                                                              9
Technology                          Female      660       243       62        40    26     6    748    289     1,037
                                     Total     1,993      520      473       245    69    37   2,535   802     3,337
Health &                             Male       512       199       72       156    15     8    599     363     962
Social                              Female     2,674     1,317     140       472    26    23   2,840   1,812   4,652
Care                                 Total     3,186     1,516     212       628    41    31   3,439   2,175   5,614
PG Professional Studies              Male         0        0        3         5      0    0     3       5        8
                                    Female        0        1        0        17      0    0     0       18      18
                                     Total        0        1        3        22      0    0     3       23      26
TOTAL                               Male       2,522      553     1,030     1,085    71   48   3,623   1,686    5,309
                                   Female      4,329     1,661     625      1,279    75   40   5,029   2,980    8,009
                                    Total      6,851     2,214    1,655     2,364   146   88   8,652   4,666   13,318



Age
Proportion of full-time undergraduate population aged 21 or over on entry - 32%
Proportion of part-time undergraduate population aged 21 or over on entry - 96%




                                                                                                                        10
Geographical Origins
                                     Undergraduate    PG Taught      PG Research           Overall
Faculty                    Origin     FT      PT     FT      PT      FT      PT     FT       PT      Total
Aberdeen                    UK       1,508   169     227    1,018    16      16    1,751    1,203    2,954
Business                  Other EU    113      2      36      91      6       0     155       93      248
School                    Overseas     51      6     704     360     14       4     769      370     1,139
                           Total     1,672   177     967    1,469    36      20    2,675    1,666    4,341
Design &                    UK       1,746   506      57     122     25      13    1,828    641      2,469
Technology                Other EU    105      3       8      30      7      10     120      43       163
                          Overseas    142     11     408      93     37      14     587     118       705
                           Total     1,993   520     473     245     69      37    2,535    802      3,337
Health &                    UK       2,701   1,476   163     475     27      27    2,891    1,978    4,869
Social                    Other EU    423     18      32      38      6       2     461       58      519
Care                      Overseas     62     22      17     115      8       2      87      139      226
                           Total     3,186   1,516   212     628     41      31    3,439    2,175    5,614
PG Professional Studies     UK         0      1       0       20      0      0      0        21       21
                          Other EU     0      0       0        1      0      0      0        1         1
                          Overseas     0      0       3        1      0      0      3        1         4
                           Total       0      1       3       22      0      0      3        23       26
TOTAL                        UK      5,955   2,152    447    1,635    68     56    6,470    3,843    10,313
                          Other EU    641     23       76     160     19     12     736      195       931
                          Overseas    255     39     1,132    569     59     20    1,446     628      2,074
                            Total    6,851   2,214   1,655   2,364   146     88    8,652    4,666    13,318




                                                                                                              11
Appendix C: Internal review cycle 2003-04 to 20006-07, and forward plan to 2012
   Internal Reviews Conducted from Session 2003/04 to 2006/07

   With regard to the undernoted Subject Reviews, the Panels confirmed their confidence in respect of the assurance of quality and standards, and of evidence of commitment to continuous
   development and enhancement. The Panel also confirmed that the University’s annual monitoring process was operating satisfactorily. In reaching their conclusions, the Panels made a
   number of commendations and recommendations as follows:- (Full details of outcomes will be available to the ELIR Team on intranet website
   http://www.rgu.ac.uk/academicaffairs/ quality_enhancement/page.cfm?pge=34832

   Pharmacy:                                                                                                       12 commendations and 9 recommendations.
   17-20 February 2004
   Engineering:                                                                                                    5 commendations and 10 recommendations.
   24-26 March 2004
   Chemistry; Biosciences; and Nutrition and Dietetics:                                                            15 commendations and 12 recommendations.
   28-30 April 2004
   Nursing; and Midwifery:                                                                                         16 commendations and 10 recommendations.
   4-6 May 2004
   Social Work; and Social Sciences:                                                                               19 commendations and 15 recommendations.
   11-13 May 2004
   Computing:                                                                                                      8 commendations and 6 recommendations.
   11-13 April 2005
   Diagnostic Radiography; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; and Sports Science:                                12 commendations and 13 recommendations.
   17-19 May 2005
   Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies; Librarianship and Information Management; and Hospitality,     22 commendations and 14 recommendations.
   Leisure, Sport and Tourism:
   3-5 May 2006
   Accounting; Business and Management (General); and Law:                                                         25 commendations and 16 recommendations.
   28-30 November 2006

   Forward Plan of Internal Reviews to 2012

   Session 2007/2008
   Architecture; Architectural Technology and Landscape Architecture; and Building and Surveying                   November 2007
   Creative Arts and Design; Fine Art; and Design Studies
                                                                                                                   February 2008
   Session 2008/09
   Nursing; and Midwifery                                                                                          April 2009
   Social Work; and Social Sciences                                                                                May 2009




                                                                                                                                                                                     12
Session 2009/10
Pharmacy                                                                                                      February 2010
Engineering                                                                                                   March 2010
Chemistry; Biological Sciences; and Nutrition and Dietetics                                                   April 2010
Session 2010/11
Computing                                                                                                     April 2011
Diagnostic Radiography; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; and Sports Science                               May 2011
Session 2011/12
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies; Librarianship and Information Management; and Hospitality,   May 2012
Leisure, Sport and Tourism




                                                                                                                              13
Appendix D: University’s annual return to the Scottish Funding Council on the outcomes of internal review at the subject level
(2005—06)

                                                                    THE ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY


                                                                Annual Statement for the Scottish Funding Council
                                                                           on Internal Review Activity


1.    Internal Subject Review: 2005/06

      The following subject areas, which are hosted by the Aberdeen Business School, were reviewed as part of one integrated Internal Review event during Session 2005/06:-

         Communication Media, Film and Cultural Studies
         Librarianship and Information Management
         Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism


2.    Other Review Processes

      Other review processes undertaken during this year for the purposes of Professional and Regulatory Body Approval/Accreditation are summarised as follows:-

         Institute of Civil Engineers - BSc (Hons) Construction Design and Management (Civil Engineering) (correspondence).
         Architects Registration Board - BSc (Hons) Architecture; BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture; BSc (Hons) Architecture (European Practice); MArch; PgD/MSc Advanced
          Architectural Studies (correspondence).
         Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - BSc (Hons) Surveying; MSc Construction and Property Management and MSc Project Management.
         Royal Institute of British Architects.
         Forensic Science Society - BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Chemistry.
         Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain – PgD Overseas Pharmacy Assessment Programme.
         Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - MSc Human Resource Management.
         Institution of Measurement and Control - MEng/BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering; Electronic and Communications Engineering; Electronic and Computer
          Engineering; and Artificial Intelligence and Electronic Engineering.
         |Institute of Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.
         Accreditation Re-visit by Royal Institute of British Architects.
         Association of MBAs - Master of Business Administration.




                                                                                                                                                                              14
3.   Outcome of Subject Review

     For all subjects reviewed, the Panel confirmed its confidence in respect of the assurance of quality and standards, and of evidence of commitment to continuous development and
     enhancement. The Panel also confirmed that the University’s annual monitoring process was operating satisfactorily.

     The event, in addition to addressing subject review, also involved formal re-approval of the associated course portfolio. All courses were re-approved.


4.   Good Practice and Development Needs

     The outcomes of the Internal Subject Review event are outlined below (the outcomes from the course re-approval aspects have not been included):-

     (a)       All Subject Areas

               Recommendations

               (i)       Extend the content of the Programme Specifications to include a mapping of Level Learning Outcomes to assessment and appropriate benchmarks.
               (ii)      Review the impact of the lack of social space within the Aberdeen Business School building on the noise in the library and the detrimental effect it has on the
                         student experience.




                                                                                                                                                                                    15
(b)   Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

      Commendations

      (i)      Support for staff development in terms of sabbaticals and maintaining professional skills in practice.
      (ii)     The positive experience of past students and employers who were both extremely strong advocates for the course.
      (iii)    The enthusiasm, professionalism and cohesion of the subject team.
      (iv)     Links to the Public Relations industry and plans to set up a formal Public Relations Panel.
      (v)      Organisation of placements and tutor assessment in BA (Hons) Corporate Communication course.
      (vi)     Research achievements particularly in light of the staff/student ratios.
      (vii)    The investment plans for a TV and radio studio in demonstrating a real commitment to progress which would enhance the platform for both existing and future
               courses.

      Recommendations

      (i)      Make it a clear requirement that, as part of the preparation for placements, students are to research the placement organisation, its sector and include this within the
               reflective assessment.
      (ii)     To conduct market research on employers’ perceptions on the proposed ‘Media Studies’ brand to explore any negative connotations and, as necessary, consider
               alternatives.
      (iii)    Ensure corporate communication staff shortages are addressed.
      (iv)     Review the international strategy/mission and the extent to which it is embedded in the subject areas.

(c)   Librarianship and Information Management

      Commendations

      (i)      The formation of the Information Management Professional Panel.
      (ii)     Continuous review/monitoring of courses, content of courses and modes of delivery.
      (iii)    The distance learning portfolio.
      (iv)     Mapping of modules to the five elements covered in the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) “Body of Professional Knowledge”.
      (v)      The support for distance learning students.
      (vi)     The work undertaken in conjunction with the Department of eLearning (DeL).
      (vii)    The exemplary employment record.
      (viii)   Plans to use Personal Development Plans by 2008.
      (ix)     Very high levels of satisfaction expressed by current, former and distance learning students.
      (x)      The resources allocated to staff to improve and enhance the research culture in the Department.
      (xi)     Plans to disseminate research outcomes to practitioners.
      (xii)    The Department’s positive approach to staff development in enhancing all Departmental activities.

      Recommendations




                                                                                                                                                                                   16
(i)     Clearly articulate new entry routes to Masters courses.
(ii)    More effective marketing of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and research opportunities to employers and practitioners.
(iii)   Consider a move towards increased use of blended learning where appropriate.
(iv)    Continue to address problems with conversion rates.
(v)     Provide greater clarity on the statistics relating to Student Achievement and Awards Profiles.
(vi)    Make efforts to increase the number of PhD students.




                                                                                                                                           17
           (d)        Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism

                      Commendations

                      (i)         Contextualisation and application of theory to practice.
                      (ii)        Active engagement with industry.
                      (iii)       Enthusiasm and engagement of staff.

                      Recommendations

                      (i)         As a matter of urgency identify a Research Coordinator to help support and increase the research activity within the subject area, including increasing PhD
                                  studentships.
                      (ii)        Embed “learning to learn” skills for first years, direct entrants and international students in an effort to help improve attrition rates.


5.         Significant Issues Arising from Review

           As can be seen from the previous, there were no major issues arising from the review of the subject. From the commendations, one common theme which did recur was the active
           engagement with industry/practice.


6.         The Role and Nature of Student Involvement

           In the last Annual Statement for 2004/05, the University indicated that the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee would consider the University’s position regarding student
           members on Internal Review Panels. As a result of this consideration, a decision was taken to include a student panel member and this occurred for the first time as part of the Subject
           Review of Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies; Librarianship and Information Management; and Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism. This practice is now
           embedded in our ongoing process.


7.         Forward Plan 2006/07

           The remaining subject areas in the Aberdeen Business School i.e. Accounting; Business Management (General); and Law, will be reviewed on 28, 29 and 30 November 2006.




h:\carol\docs\rvcorr\charts\annual statement for sfc re reviews (3).doc




                                                                                                                                                                                               18

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:1
posted:12/9/2011
language:
pages:18