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First class report for Hugh Baird University Centre

The Hugh Baird University Centre has been commended for its excellent university provision with a glowing report from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).  

The results of its recent QAA Higher Education Review (HER) saw the Bootle based University Centre given not one but two commendations for the opportunities it offers students – one of only seven providers in the country to receive the accolade1.

QAA is the independent body entrusted with monitoring standards and quality of higher education in the UK, checking that students get the higher education experience they are entitled to expect.  Higher Education Review assesses colleges against the same criteria as universities, so to receive such fantastic feedback from the rigorous assessment is an outstanding achievement. 

As well as commending the University Centre for both the quality2 and enhancement3 of student learning opportunities, the report finds that it meets UK expectations in all other areas.  Hugh Baird is recognised for maintaining academic standards on behalf of its degree-awarding bodies, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill University, as well as for the quality of the information it provides about learning opportunities. 

The report also highlights a remarkable seven areas of good practice at the Hugh Baird University Centre.  The review team praises its commitment to continuous improvement of learning opportunities and the sharing of good practice in teaching and learning.  The team is also impressed with the University Centre’s strong links with local industry in the Liverpool City Region.   

Dean of Higher Education at the Hugh Baird University Centre, Helen Mathers, said:

“We are delighted with the results of our Higher Education Review, which we think reflect our commitment to providing our students with fantastic learning opportunities and relevant employability skills in a modern, friendly and supportive environment.  As one of only seven providers to receive two commendations for their QAA HER, we are very proud of our staff for their consistent hard work, our students for their honest input into the review and the employers who support us.  We aim to continue to expand on the good practice identified in the report and maintain the high standards we’ve been commended for.” 

The successful review means that Hugh Baird University Centre can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that it meets national requirements for standards and quality.

If you would like to read the full QAA HER report for the Hugh Baird University Centre, click here. To find out more about its expanding list of higher education courses, or find out how to apply, visit the website at www.hughbaird.ac.uk/university-centre


1 as at August 2015

2 Definition:  the provision made by universities and colleges to enable students to learn, e.g. planned study, teaching, academic and personal support and resources

3 Definition:  the process by which we systematically improve the quality of provision and the ways in which students’ learning is supported.

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