Hardly inspiring confidence

The Quality Assurance Agency, in a recently published report on Manchester Metropolitan University, declares that "confidence can reasonably be placed in the soundness of the institution's present and likely future management of (its) academic standards".

Last year, a few months before the QAA's inspection of the university, a parliamentary committee drew attention to the functioning of its academic board, from which a member had been expelled after giving evidence to the committee. The QAA makes no mention of this incident.

Is it any wonder that so few in the sector take its reports seriously?

Geoffrey Alderman, University of Buckingham.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Elly Walton illustration (16 July 2015)

Whether in jest or not, sexist language shows an insensitivity to gender issues at odds with academic values, argues Dorothy Bishop

  • Two men looking surprised in an office

Report says projects fail when scholars obsessed with “shiny things” ignore business needs

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

Tony Little points to ‘increasing gap’ between teaching standards at sixth form and university

  • AC Grayling, writer and academic

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution