University of Wales, UK
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TASMAC programmes are quality assured by the University of Wales, UK to meet British University standards. The University has approved and validated all the TASMAC systems and procedures and is actively involved in ensuring quality of the programme. The University of Wales, UK is involved with TASMAC in the following processes at TASMAC which ensure very high standard of education:
- Design of the programme structure
- Design of the Programme content
- Setting of assessments
- Evaluation / Moderation of assessments
- Staff development at TASMAC
All the above is done by the University of Wales, UK with the help of Moderators, staff at the University of Wales, UK validation unit and external examiners. These members of the University of Wales, UK staff attend and participate in various committees including:
- Programme Committees
- Joint Board of Studies
- Examination Board
About University of Wales, UK
Founded by Royal Charter in 1893, the University of Wales is the degree-awarding body for the majority of higher education students in Wales, as well as for many at other higher education institutions in the United Kingdom and overseas. To date the University has awarded over 600,000 degrees.
The University’s position enables it to focus not only on its primary functions as a degree-awarding body and provider of services to the Welsh higher education sector but also, as a national institution, on playing an enhanced role in protecting and promoting the economy, culture and language of Wales.
Recently, the University has signed a memorandum of understanding with six of the university institutions in Wales, with whom it will be working closely on collaborative ventures, research groupings and other new initiatives, creating the University of Wales Alliance. These institutions are:
Swansea Metropolitan University
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
University of Wales, Newport
University of Wales, Lampeter
Trinity University College
The latter two institutions will merge in Autumn 2010 to become University of Wales, Trinity St David.
The University also maintains links with Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University and Swansea University.
The University of Wales is the degree-awarding authority for more than 120 other higher education institutions both within the United Kingdom and overseas, with which it also enjoys close links. Annually, the University awards around 15,000 initial degrees and more than 4,000 higher degrees, making it the second largest degree-awarding body in the United Kingdom. The number of students, from all over the world, pursuing University of Wales degrees is around 70,000, and their studies cover a wide range of subjects.
The University is a major national institution in Wales. While it is, of course, committed to helping to fulfil the educational and economic needs of Wales and to supporting its linguistic, cultural, and national heritage, the University is also committed to its international role and to enhancing its standing across the UK and overseas. As well as its validation role and the international projects undertaken by its Global Academy, the University sponsors a number of cultural initiatives, such as the prestigious University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, for young writers, which attracts entries from all over the world.
The University’s Validation Operation
" Validation is the process by which an awarding institution judges that a programme developed and delivered by another institution is of an appropriate quality and standard to lead to its award." (The Quality Assurance Agency.)
While the majority of the University’s students study in Wales, the University’s very successful and highly regarded international validation operation is also an important dimension of its work. This enables overseas institutions to offer the University of Wales, UK degree at an equivalent standard to the degree offered in Wales itself. Validation is important in fostering links between Wales and other countries and many of the University’s graduates are now in positions of influence overseas. Last year, more than 19,000 students were registered on validated courses of the University of Wales, UK and nearly 4,000 graduated with the University’s degree. Altogether, more than 40,000 students have been awarded degrees since the validation operation began in 1975.
The maintenance of academic standards is of paramount importance for validated courses, as it is for courses offered within Wales. The University is rightly regarded as a role model in this respect. Its processes compare very favourably with those of other institutions in the UK and positive reports received following independent reviews, favourable audit reports from the Quality Assurance Agency and the University’s reputation overseas attest clearly to the high esteem in which its validation work is held.