UNIVERSITY Centre Milton Keynes has received top marks following a review of its higher education provision.
UCMK, based on Silbury Boulevard, was inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education – an independent body responsible for maintaining standards in universities and colleges.
The inspectors conducted an integrated quality and enhancement review (IQER), which is the equivalent of an Ofsted inspection for schools and concluded they have ‘confidence’ in the academic standards at the centre – the top grade available.
MK College director of quality Anna Henderson said: “Clearly this is a great outcome for the college and is testament to the hard work of the staff at UCMK on a day-to-day basis.”
Good practices identified included excellent support for students, a high level of staff commitment and a stimulating environment. The review also found that the teaching is interesting, up-to-date and of a good standard.
External examiner Tony Randall said: “There is a challenging mix of assessments appropriate to the level, with a clear relationship to real world journalistic practice. The student group appears positively engaged with the course and there is ample evidence of effective acquisition of media skills and knowledge.”
However, the inspectors issued some recommendations, advising all course handbooks should be produced in a consistent format and students should be given greater opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the college website.