Hartpury academics to play key roles in QAA Subject Benchmark Statement reviews

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Two senior staff members from Hartpury University have been named among 23 Chairs and Deputy Chairs to lead the review of 11 Subject Benchmark Statements for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Hartpury University, Rosie Scott-Ward has been selected as Chair of the Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food and Consumer Science review, while Head of Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury University, Catherine Phillips is appointed Chair of the Veterinary Nursing review.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They capture the ways in which courses in the subject areas are typically delivered at the current time and are used by providers as a tool for reflection when designing new courses or updating existing courses.

Professor Andy Collop, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University, said: “Congratulations to both Rosie Scott-Ward and Catherine Phillips on their appointment as Chairs. We’re very proud that two of our senior staff members have been named alongside peers from several other highly respected institutions.

“Both Rosie and Catherine will bring a great deal to their roles, not only drawing on their experience within an educational institution, but also their vast industry and experiential knowledge that ultimately determines what graduates must know and understand in order to contribute effectively to their respective field.”

Find out more about QAA’s work on Subject Benchmark Statements on our website. The Advisory Groups for each of the Subject Benchmark Statements listed will be announced in early 2023.

The QAA selected Hartpury academics due to the specialist institution’s knowledge in the land-based sectors, high-quality degrees on offer, knowledgeable academics with industry experience and world class facilities.

Hartpury’s veterinary nursing credentials received a boost this year, with the introduction of an online RCVS-accreditedPostgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursingthat offers students a chance to specialise in one of four areas of clinical interest. RCVS accreditation means students can enrol on the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

Preparing graduates to meet the needs of future employers and their wider industry is key to the institution’s success. Graduates from the institution have a strong record of employment too, backed up in results released from Graduate Outcomes 2022, in which 97% of graduates were in employment, further study or other purposeful activity.

100% of agriculture undergraduates in employment, further study or other purposeful activity (Graduate Outcomes 2022). 100% of veterinary nursing undergraduates in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022).

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