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Sept. 22, 2011

College of Law gets degree-awarding powers renewed

The College of Law has become the first provider of private education to have its degree-awarding powers renewed.

Unlike public universities, private institutions must have these powers renewed at least every six years. The College of Law was actually the first independent institution to be granted degree-awarding powers as well - receiving this status in 2006. It was then audited by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in May earlier on this year.

Following this audit on the College of Law a report was published. The report states, “The College's arrangements for the management of academic standards are sound, take due account of relevant external reference points, and are applied consistently across its provision. There is effective institutional oversight through Academic Board and its subsidiary bodies. External examiner reports confirm that the processes for the assurance of academic standards are effective in practice. The College makes particularly noteworthy and timely use of management information in its assurance of academic standards. The audit found that confidence could be placed in the soundness of the institution's current and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards.”

In September 2012 the College of Law is planning to enter the undergraduate degree market for the first, launching a unique two-year LLB.

Chief Executive of The College of Law, Professor Nigel Savage, says, “In its recent White Paper on higher education the government indicated that private providers will play an increasingly significant role. As the dividing lines between public and private tertiary education are broken down it is essential that quality remains at the heart of this developing landscape. A robust system of quality assurance that applies equally to both sectors must be in place to ensure that all students have full information on which to base their decision about where to study."

Professor Savage continues, “As the College prepares for the launch of its undergraduate law degree next year, this extremely positive QAA report will serve to further assure students and parents of the high quality of our academic standards and learning opportunities.”

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Content added on 22nd September 2011.

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