College of Law Chief Executive Nigel Savage has announced that he is happy to publish the report, which led to the College being granted degree awarding powers, in the interests of transparency.
He told the Charon QC blog and Legal Week that he had asked the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to publish the assessors’s report that it provided to the Privy Council. This report led to the College becoming, in 2006, the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers.
Savage said: “Currently students have little information to go on to distinguish legal education providers. So the opportunity to see an independent review would clearly be beneficial to them."
By contrast Peter Crisp, dean of BPP Law School, which was granted the power to award degrees in 2007, has told the publications that BPP will not be publishing the equivalent report made on them.
He told Legal Week: “The QAA report is marked ‘confidential: not for publication or disclosure’ and we’re not going behind that. In any case, the terms of our grant are public knowledge."
Read: A tale of two tribes: Transparency in legal education - the Charon QC blog
Read: Law Schools Split Disclosing Degree Awarding Power - report from Legal Week