International College praised for high quality student experience

In a recent higher education review, the high quality of the programmes and learning experience at the University of Sheffield International College were recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Born in Taiwan, made in Sheffield – WeiYuan’s story

“I’m going to be a commercial airline pilot,” says WeiYuan, a student on the foundation year science and engineering programme at our International College. Along with over 900 other students, on completion of his international foundation programme at the College WeiYuan will be able to start studying his chosen degree here at the University.

With a big Sheffield welcome and support packages including a friend before you arrive and preparing you for your student journey, our International College is dedicated to investing in the future of its students and forms a key part of the commitment in our Learning and Teaching Strategy to new routes to higher education.

Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education said: “We want to continue to strengthen and diversify the ways in which prospective students can join our community.

“The QAA report reflects the expertise, energy and commitment of everyone involved in the work the College undertakes and at the heart of this success is the continued sharing of expertise between colleagues at the International College and University. Thank you to everyone for your dedication to raising the standard of pathway education for international students.”

Professor Paul Latreille, Deputy Vice-President for Education and Chair of the joint Academic Management Board with the College, said: “This is the first review since our transition to Study Group UK in 2016 and I feel confident that this successful partnership will allow us to continue as a sector leader in providing high quality pathway programmes with excellent resources and effective student support.”

The recent QAA higher education review confirms that the College’s academic standards, quality and learning opportunities meet expectations in all areas and highlights key areas of good practice at the College.

In particular, the report outlines the high level of cooperation and well-developed relationship between the College and the University, which has had a positive impact on the quality of the provision and development of specially-tailored new curricula.

Colleagues from all our faculties work closely with the College to develop pathway programmes leading to degrees across the University.

Other areas of good practice at the College named in the review report are effective academic progression and skills support, including initiatives to develop students’ critical reading and subject-specific vocabularies; excellent resources on campus; effective staff support for student learning and progression; and the virtual reception facility, which provides a one-stop source of information and support for students about their programmes, their learning environments and being a student in Sheffield.