The sponsor, Staffordshire University, has a long and proud history of providing high quality, progressive and inclusive Higher Education for people from across Staffordshire, the region, the UK and the rest of the world. They are a Connected University, connected to the needs of their students, to business and to society.
The university is passionate about transforming the lives and aspirations of the individuals and communities it serves. With over 20,000 students and an annual turnover in excess of £120m, Staffordshire University leads the sector on access, partnerships and flexible provision. In addition to campuses in Stoke-on-Trent – where it is a key partner in the regeneration of the city – and Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewsbury, the University has a significant international presence. Over 1700 staff are employed across four academic schools, with outstanding strengths including Education, Psychology, Forensic Science and Technology.
Building upon their expertise and excellence in educational practice, research and consultancy, the university is a major provider of educational opportunities for children, young adults and mature learners. Through their highly regarded Education Department, they work in partnership locally, nationally and internationally in the development, brokerage and application of learning and learning policy related knowledge. They work in this area in order to explicitly improve the quality of learning for children, young people and adults.
Staffordshire University seeks to inspire, inform and stimulate learners to become autonomous, creative and critical thinkers. It works collaboratively and openly with other professionals, partners and stakeholders in order to support their work in improving outcomes for learners. Key to this approach is the university’s aim to value learners’ experience and diversity of understandings and values, learning from them in order to improve the effectiveness and the quality of their learning. The university is recognised as a leading, and quality, provider of learning opportunities within the region.
The Teaching Excellence Framework, was recently introduced by Government to help evidence the performance of the UK higher education sector in order to measure excellence in teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
Staffordshire University was awarded Silver for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. This means that it consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. In addition, 78 per cent of the research at the university is world leading or of international importance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
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