Highest praise for CAT in Higher Education

We’re pleased to announce that CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment has received a positive rating for its teaching standards from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the university equivalent of Ofsted.

The QAA carried out a thorough review of the Graduate School’s academic standards and student learning opportunities in late 2017 and has just published its findings. Out of the four categories used by the QAA, CAT received two commendations, focusing on the enhancement and quality of student learning opportunities. It’s rare for an alternative provider of higher education like CAT to receive two commendations.

One of the current students featured in the review commented: “I absolutely love the course, the location, the tutors and the whole experience. It’s nothing less than life changing.”

CAT’s Graduate School currently features five MSc degrees, including sustainability and adaptation in the built environment, food sustainability, energy provision and an MArch degree in sustainable architecture, with nearly 300 postgraduate students from around the UK and overseas.

CAT Chief Executive Adrian Ramsay said: “Our Graduate School of the Environment is attracting a larger student intake each year due to the excellence of the teaching, the hands-on learning opportunities, immersed in sustainability. This review from the QAA is a vote of confidence the dedication and professionalism of our academic and support teams. The pressing environmental issues facing us need to be addressed in a practical way and our graduates leave us with the skills and passion to act as changemakers.”