The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) following its review in February 2015.

Thumbs up: RVC can now display the QAA quality mark.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the college and judged that its academic standards, the quality of its student learning opportunities and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations. The enhancement of its student learning opportunities was also commended.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These included the integrated approach to student support and the wide use of external expertise across all aspects of the management of standards and quality.

Also highlighted was the effective contribution the Lifelong Independent Veterinary Education Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning makes to the enhancement of student learning.

There were some recommendations for improvements, however, including ensuring all postgraduate research students receive appropriate training before undertaking teaching and/or assessment and ensuring all students have appropriate and timely access to information on procedures for complaints and appeals.

Stuart Reid, principal at the RVC, said: ‘I am delighted the Royal Veterinary College has received a very favourable report following the QAA review. We are committed to delivering the highest of standards in our programmes and the results of the recent assessment endorse the efforts of all at the RVC. Unique among UK veterinary schools in being subject to institutional level inspection, I am immensely grateful to my staff and students for their dedication in making this small specialist institution among the best in class.”

A successful review means the college can display the QAA quality mark, indicating to UK and international students the college meets national requirements for standards and quality.

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