UON expert joins QAA panel to set the standard of Economics education in the UK

Date 20.01.2022

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has appointed Marco Gundermann, Subject Leader for Economics, International Relations and Development at the University of Northampton, to be part of the Subject Benchmark Statement review for Economics.

Marco joins a panel of other academic experts who will play a critical role in setting the standards for, and content of, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Economics across UK higher education through the Subject Benchmark Statement review.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They provide general guidance but are not intended to represent a national curriculum or to prescribe set approaches. Instead, they allow for flexibility and innovation.

Marco Gundermann, Subject Leader for Economics, International Relations and Development said: “I am very pleased to be part of this review, I look forward to starting the work with colleagues from other institutions, together with employers and professional bodies, to ensure that the quality framework continues to support student learning and achievement, and is designed to create highly skilled and industry-ready graduates.”

Subject Advisory Groups play an instrumental role in the review of Subject Benchmark Statements, ensuring that the process is truly collaborative and takes advantage of the range of subject expertise across the sector.

Dr Ailsa Crum, QAA’s Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards said: “The commitment and dedication of our experienced Advisory Groups helps to ensure that Subject Benchmark Statements continue to be valued by disciplinary communities. We are grateful to all of those who have volunteered their time to support this vital activity and look forward to working closely with them in the review of Subject Benchmark Statements this year.”