Hugh Baird University Centre
gets highest possible national rating
STUDENTS and staff at the Hugh Baird
University Centre are celebrating after receiving a Gold rating for their higher
education provision from a newly launched Government scheme.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced to provide evidence about
the performance of the higher education sector in the UK. Through the issuing of
Gold, Silver or Bronze awards, the scheme will provide students with a picture
of excellence in higher education teaching and learning.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including
academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and
evidence submitted by each University or College, the TEF measures excellence in
three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and
professional outcomes achieved by students.
The TEF Gold award is valid for 3 years and in their summing up, the
independent panel who assessed the Hugh Baird University Centre commented that:-
"students achieve consistently outstanding outcomes, with many students
progressing to highly skilled employment."
In addition, the panel noted that the work undertaken by the University Centre
at Hugh Baird College vastly improves the life chances of students living in the
College's immediate locality.
Assessors also commented on a curriculum that at the heart of its design was
addressing the skills agenda set out by the Liverpool City Region Local
When finding out what students themselves thought about the Hugh Baird
University Centre, the panel's report indicated exceptional levels of
satisfaction in relation to support and assignment feedback.
Colette Mawdsley, Dean of Higher Education at the Hugh Baird University Centre,
said:- "Receiving the TEF Gold Award is a fantastic achievement. It is
testament to the hard work undertaken by teaching staff at the University Centre
and those who from across the College who support our learners on their journey.
We believe that University level study is for all and we are proud to be working
with many learners who will be the first in their family to gain a University
degree. Here at the Hugh Baird University Centre we have a consistent culture of
self improvement for both staff and students and outstanding levels of student
engagement. This generates a great sense of community between students, staff
and employers. I am extremely delighted that this was recognised by the panel in
Phillip Walton, who is the University Centre's Student Governor, said:-
"Studying at the Hugh Baird University Centre is a unique and individualised
experience better suited to a student who prefers smaller and more open
It has also saved me a considerable amount of money as I have lived at home, but
have still achieved a highly regarded qualification.
When studying higher education at the Hugh Baird University Centre, you are
treated as if you are at University and I can honestly say you receive a
experience. It's just on a smaller more intimate scale where you feel valued and
supported. Speaking on Behalth of all the student body at the University Centre,
I would like to congratulate the staff for achieving this national quality
indicator. It is thoroughly deserved."
Spaces are still available for courses at the Hugh Baird University Centre and
it is not too late to apply to start this coming September 2017.
To view courses, visit:-
HughBaird.AC.UK/Universitry-Centre or alternatively come along one of
the College's Summer Open Days which take place, on Monday 26 June 2017, Thursday,
2017, Thursday, 20 July 2017 and both 17 August and 18 August 2017.