Queen's University supports a thriving teaching community, with over 900 academic staff teaching on more than 300 degree programmes in subjects ranging from Accounting to Zoology.
More than 240 staff have gained membership of the Higher Education Academy, the professional body for teaching staff in higher education, one of the highest proportions for any higher education institution in the UK and clear evidence of the University’s commitment to the development of learning and teaching.
As with other UK universities, teaching quality at Queen’s is assessed regularly by the national Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In April 2009 the QAA visited the University to carry out an institutional audit and Queen’s received the highest grading QAA can award. The team said Queen’s met its highest level of confidence in the management of academic standards and the quality of the learning opportunities it offers its students.
The University’s broadly-based curriculum has something for everyone. In Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences the breadth of provision is enormous, embracing the traditional disciplines and more recent introductions such as Drama and Film Studies. Across Medicine, Health and Life Sciences students are benefiting from extensive refurbishment of laboratories and other teaching facilities. In Engineering and Physical Sciences too, students will find first-class facilities and a range of courses for future healthcare professionals and life scientists.
The University is committed to making sure students get the best out of their time at Queen’s by implementing a range of forward-looking initiatives.
Employability skills are heavily embedded in the Queen’s curriculum and careers guidance and information are incorporated into School level induction programmes.
And a unique Queen’s qualification – ‘Degree Plus’ – gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market by acknowledging job-related skills which students acquire from extra-curricular activities such as sport and voluntary work.
Queen’s is also working to harness technology to help make learning a more interactive experience. The University’s website is a gateway to information relating to all aspects of student life and studies, helping them to find out how to make the most of your time at Queen’s.
The University’s virtual learning environment, Queen’s Online, provides each student with secure online access to information and materials relating to their specific course components enhancing the learning experience.
As part of the University’s Academic and Financial Plan, a wide range of new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are being launched to meet students’ needs.
Another way Queen’s ensures students receive the best possible educational experience is through investment in its staff.
Conference and workshops promote nationally recognised good practice in learning while the University Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund enables staff to develop and implement new initiatives in e-learning, student engagement, work-related learning and assessment processes.
Meanwhile, the new INTO-Queen’s College, a joint venture between Queen’s and INTO University Partnerships, prepares international students for study at the University by offering academic preparation supported by intensive English language training.