Hard work pays off with a good report
Film and television school commended by review
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.