27 Jan 2014

Public Information Project

The University of the West of Scotland and sparqs are about to begin a project on Public Information and its relevance to staff and students.

Public Information is one of the five elements of the Quality Enhancement Framework, and it’s important because it helps to inform quality assurance and enhancement processes, it gives the public confidence that universities and colleges provide a high quality educational experience, and it helps prospective students choose their course. However there is always room for improvement on the Public Information which is currently used in colleges and universities (National Student Survey, Key Information Sets, Learner Outcomes). The University of the West of Scotland are teaming up with sparqs to find out what such improvements might entail.

The purpose of the project is to make sure that we are measuring the criteria which are most important about the quality of a student learning experience. This is important because Public Information measures will then promote an accurate and appropriate view of quality in education, and also because universities and colleges are then incentivised to enhance quality in areas which we know will make a real difference to the student learning experience. We aim to discover the most important criteria through reviewing the academic literature, and through structured conversations with staff and students.

You can read more about Public Information on the sparqs website.

For more details, or if you have any thoughts on public information in general, please contact Mike Williamson, sparqs Development Advisor: mike.williamson@sparqs.ac.uk

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