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Quality Assurance

University of Tasmania is committed to improving and maintaining excellence across all of its activities, services and processes in learning and teaching, student support, staff support and development, research, governance, community engagement, and administration.

To ensure its quality goals are achieved, the University has established an integrated quality system, including best practice quality strategies, policies and processes, across all of its activities — both domestic and overseas. The improvement of quality is a continuous process and this web page gives access to information about the key milestones and developments of this ongoing journey.

Many aspects of quality assurance are intrinsically related to our marketing activities, influencing how we choose to promote the University and conduct evaluations.

Visit the Academic Quality Management page for further information.

Student Surveys

The University considers the views of its students, graduates, and stakeholders to be of critical importance in monitoring, reviewing, and enhancing the quality of teaching, learning and the student experience. Student feedback on all aspects of the learning, teaching and the broad student experience is obtained through the administration of regular and systematic student surveys throughout the student life-cycle.

At the University of Tasmania, student surveys also inform a number of mandated quality assurance processes, including course and unit review and monitoring. University executives, Academic Senate and its sub-committees, Faculties/ Institutes/ Divisions, teaching staff, and service divisions use student feedback as one of the sources of data to:

  • Improve the quality of courses and programs
  • Improve the quality of the student experience
  • Support the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • Inform professional development programs
  • Improve the provision of learning resources and support services.

Teaching staff also use student feedback as one of the sources of evidence of teaching quality for the purposes of appointment, promotion and teaching awards. For more information and contacts, please visit the student surveys page.

Rankings

There are three international ranking systems of interest to Australian Universities. They all use different methodology, outlined below — and aspects of this can change from one year to the next, making evaluation difficult to compare. However, the rankings are considered important because they are seen as a way of measuring the 'international academic standing' of an institution.

This information is used by prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff. Choice of a university by undergraduates — international students, in particular, but increasingly also domestic students — can be based heavily on the overall standing of an institution.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University has developed an academic ranking of universities by evaluating their academic or research performance in order to compare and identify universities worldwide by their academic or research performance. This is called the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

ARWU ranks universities by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, articles published in Nature and Science, articles indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

The highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of that. An institution's rank reflects the number of institutions that sit above it.

See University of Tasmania's ARWU Ranking.

Times Higher Education (THE)

THE rankings are designed to help universities define themselves internationally, both at subject level and as whole institutions.

Indicators used by THE rankings are peer review carried out amongst academics, the opinion of graduate recruiters, staff-to-student ratios, citations of academic papers, percentage of overseas staff and percentage of overseas students.

See University of Tasmania's THE Ranking.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

The QS World University Rankings assesses universities on six performance indicators, relating to research, teaching, employability and internationalization.

To be eligible for inclusion, institutions must teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and conduct work in at least two of five broad faculty areas (arts and humanities; engineering and technology; social sciences and management; natural sciences; life sciences and medicine).

See University of Tasmania's QS Ranking.