Successful revalidation by the National Youth Agency

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Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:52:00 BST

The National Youth Agency have revalidated the course for five years with much praise, no conditions and just one recommendation.

The NYA visited the University for one day to meet with staff, current students, placement supervisors and graduates.

Their report states that the course ‘is viewed as a robust and efficient programme and is in a healthy position because of the ongoing review and development undertaken by the programme team. ‘

‘Examples were given of field involvement with the programme committee, delivering workshops and lectures and attending seminars. Many of the field representatives had themselves studied at the University in the past and recognise the value of this programme.  This cycle of students going on to be supervisors for future placements in the field created a virtuous cycle reinforcing the programme. Staff, students and field interviews confirmed that links to the field are established, robust and the relationship is very positive.‘

‘The students were very positive about the practice placement element of their learning and particularly liked the concurrent placement model which allows them to directly apply learning. Students felt well supported during their placements and praised the staff team and supervisors. Students that had graduated confirmed that the programme had prepared them well for their working role, which for some included management. ‘

‘The programme as a whole has a broad range of delivery and assessment methods, which again the students spoke of as a positive aspect that allowed for individual preference. ‘

‘The responses of the students conclude that this is a high quality programme. When asked whether they would recommend the programme they unanimously and enthusiastically said yes.’

The conclusion noted the;

  • clear commitment and enthusiasm from senior managers and teaching teams for the programme
  • clear strategic vision for the programme going forward
  • good curriculum with a wide range of delivery and assessment methods
  • positive and broad engagement with the field across the region
  • robust management of the practice placements
  • strong management of the overall programme and effective review and development activity
  • additional support for care leavers to ensure they have access to accommodation and funding through their studies
  • high level of support afforded to students, underpinned by prompt and constructive feedback on assignments
  • University hosted seminars open to staff, field and students that give space to consider and debate aspects of youth work practice
  • student evaluation is sought and valued with changes made in line with this.

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