Top teaching score for Philosophy17 Dec 2001, PR 38/01 The Department of Philosophy at King’s College London has scored the highest rating of 24 in their Subject Review carried out last month (November 2001).
A total of 60% (18) of King’s departments have been awarded ‘excellent’ scores for their teaching out of a total number of 30 that have now been assessed.
The King’s Department of Philosophy is one of the largest in the country with 17 members of staff and around 250 students. It has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy.
In the recent national Research Assessment Exercise the Department improved its rating from 5 to 5* and is one of only six philosophy departments in the UK to obtain the highest possible rating of 5*. The Department of Philosophy is led by MM McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy.
Subject Review is carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) under the terms of a contract with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It is a peer review process and is carried out in relation to the subject aims and objectives set by the subject provider (usually a Department or School in College terms).
The subject review process measures the extent to which each subject provider is successful in achieving its aims and objectives and operates from the perspective of the learning experience and achievement of students. This is examined in six aspects of provision:
* Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation
* Teaching, Learning and Assessment
* Student Progression and Achievement
* Student Support and Guidance
* Learning Resources
* Quality Management and Enhancement
Each of these aspects is graded on a four-point scale (1 to 4) in ascending order of merit.
Notes to editors King's College London
King's is one of the two oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 12,200 undergraduate students and over 4,500 postgraduates in ten schools of study. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of £285 million and research income from grants and contracts in excess of £80 million (1999-2000).
Currently at King’s nine departments were assessed under the old method and 21 since the introduction of the points score system, and of that number four scored Excellent under the old method, and 14 have scored 22 or above in the new scheme.
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