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Quality Assurance

We strive to maintain a high standard of education and the QAA provides useful feedback to ensure that we live up to our expectations.

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As a recognised Higher Education Provider offering courses awarded by the University of East London and Liverpool John Moores University, we are reviewed by the UK’s quality body for Higher Education, the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency.

The QAA is an independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education.

CAT underwent a review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2022. The following judgements were made about the standards and quality of higher education provision of the Graduate School of the Environment at CAT after the review:

  • There can be confidence that academic standards are reliable, meet UK requirements, and are reasonably comparable.
  • There can be confidence that the quality of the student academic experience meets relevant baseline regulatory requirements.

You can read the full report here

As part of its annual review by HEFCW, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, CAT submits a statement of its wider contribution to the public good. That statement can be found here

Our M.Arch Part II Architecture Course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.

CAT also produces annual reports to UEL and LJMU which include Action Plans to enhance our teaching and learning based upon student feedback and achievement. These reports and the feedback on them inform our own Teaching and Learning Strategy, along with other sources of feedback such as consultations with external stakeholders.

Internal Quality Assurance at CAT – Academic Council

The Academic Council meets four times per year to review and assure quality within the Graduate School and has a membership including the CEO of CAT, Head of School, all Programme Leaders, UEL and LJMU link tutors and student representatives and is an additional forum for student feedback to be addressed at the highest level within CAT. The academic council feeds into the general issues relating to the scholarship, teaching, content of the curriculum, research, validation and review of courses, systematic review of academic procedures and policies, the learning and teaching strategy, and the enhancement of student learning opportunities.

For further documents on our Quality Assurance, teaching and learning strategy, and research ethics find them below:

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