Hard work pays off with a good re­port

Film and tele­vi­sion school com­mended by re­view

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Debby Thompson debby.thompson@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Qual­ity As­sur­ance Agency for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (QAA) has con­firmed the qual­ity and stan­dards of pro­vi­sion at the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School (NFTS) fol­low­ing its re­view in June 2015.

A team of QAA re­view­ers vis­ited the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School, based in Sta­tion Road, Bea­cons­field, and judged that its aca­demic stan­dards, the en­hance­ment of its stu­dent learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and the qual­ity of in­for­ma­tion about its learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties all meet UK ex­pec­ta­tions and the qual­ity of its stu­dent learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties is com­mended.

The re­view iden­ti­fied a num­ber of ex­am­ples of good prac­tice. These in­clude the com­pre­hen­sive sup­port for stu­dents’ tran­si­tion from study to in­dus­try; the ef­fec­tive use of in­dus­try lead­ers as ex­ter­nal as­ses­sors in stu­dents’ sec­ond and fi­nal progress re­views and the rigour of the an­nual course eval­u­a­tion process to con­tin­u­ously as­sure and en­hance the qual­ity of the stu­dent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The re­view also high­lighted as good prac­tice the in­te­grated and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary cur­ric­ula and as­sess­ment that en­cour­ages stu­dents to de­velop their in­di­vid­ual prac­tice.

The re­view made only one rec­om­men­da­tion: that the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School li­aise with the de­gree-award­ing body to en­sure the num­ber of ex­ter­nal examiners al­lows for full cov­er­age across the grow­ing num­ber of dis­ci­plines.

Jon War­dle, the NFTS deputy di­rec­tor, di­rec­tor of cur­ricu­lum and reg­is­trar, said: “I am ex­tremely proud that the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School has been com­mended for the qual­ity of stu­dents’ learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The com­men­da­tion is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of staff and tu­tors at the school.

“Ev­ery­thing we do as a school is fo­cused on help­ing stu­dents re­alise their po­ten­tial.

“With the sup­port of the tu­tors and staff and the in­dus­try, stu­dents achieve some re­mark­able things such as win­ning BAFTAs and get­ting nom­i­nated for Os­cars.

“We will build on this suc­cess to en­sure that we con­tinue to de­velop our cur­ricu­lum and give the stu­dents a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.”

QAA’s Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Re­views are car­ried out by ex­perts from other univer­si­ties and col­leges.

Ev­ery re­view team in­cludes a stu­dent re­viewer, be­cause QAA be­lieves that stu­dents should be part­ners in the qual­ity as­sur­ance of their ed­u­ca­tion.

The team that re­viewed the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School in­cluded Mark Cooper (Fare­ham Col­lege), Pro­fes­sor Deb­bie Lock­ton (De Mont­fort Univer­sity) and Dan Der­ri­cott (stu­dent re­viewer from the Univer­sity of Lin­coln).

A suc­cess­ful re­view means the Univer­sity can dis­play the QAA Qual­ity Mark, in­di­cat­ing to UK and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents that it meets na­tional re­quire­ments for stan­dards and qual­ity.

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