Letter: Know your placement (2)

October 5, 2001

The Quality Assurance Agency continues its pronouncements of how vital a service it provides prospective students and employers, with the Liberal Democrats and the National Union of Students queuing up to chorus agreement (Leader, THES , September 28).

In my six years as an undergraduate, postgraduate and as a college tutor, I have yet to meet one student who is anything more than dimly aware of the QAA's existence.

Likewise, I have not corresponded with one employer who has found it useful.

The QAA feels empowered to tell students and employers how they should be making their decisions. This needs to be quantified, as does your editorial claim that students (not just the National Union of Students leadership) want more assessments.

Why not commission an independent report into who actually uses the findings? "What are you afraid of?" is a question often asked of institutions. Quite.

Name and address withheld

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