QAA report shows higher education in Wales demonstrates excellent education and outstanding student experience

A new QAA report, published this week, has analysed the findings of quality and standards reviews carried out at 10 universities and three colleges between 2010-11 and 2015-16 and found that higher education in Wales demonstrates excellent practice that systematically improves the student experience.

Welsh providers have consistently performed well in QAA reviews, receiving 47 positive judgements out of a total of 50.

Reviews show that employability is a particular strength in Welsh higher education, with most providers doing well in this area. Reviewers also found good practice in:

  • Welsh language promotion, facilitation and support
  • postgraduate delivery, management and training
  • teaching: nearly all universities and colleges in Wales require their staff to either have or undertake a formal teaching qualification
  • better use of data to support improvements in learning and teaching
  • communicating with and engaging students in their learning.

QAA will continue to review universities and other higher education providers in Wales from 2017-18, and is developing a new method in consultation with the providers, Universities Wales and ColegauCymru.