Stop Bradford bashing

April 23, 2004

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story" could have been the headline for your article "Bradford told to review quality" (April 16).

You presented the Quality Assurance Agency's assessment entirely out of context given that the issues identified applied to potential weaknesses identified in the management of quality assurance arrangements for collaborative provision at Bradford College and not across the university as a whole, as the article implied.

You glossed over the key finding of the report - that the overarching QAA judgement was of "broad confidence" in the soundness of the university's current and likely future management of the quality of its programmes and the academic standards of its awards.

The two institutions had formally agreed to align Bradford College's quality assurance arrangements for validated programmes with the university's rigorous procedures for course approval, monitoring and review prior to the audit, and this work is under way.

Not as sensational perhaps, but certainly a more accurate portrayal of the facts.

Jeff Lucas
Pro vice-chancellor learning and teaching
Bradford University

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