AECC makes history
Posted on Friday June 3 2016 by Terri Hignett
The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) is celebrating after having been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) by the Privy Council. Gaining TDAP is only possible after having successfully completed a very rigorous and thorough process of assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). It signifies significant external recognition by the Government of the institutions quality relating to its governance, management, staff, and educational provision.
This news means that the AECC will be able to validate, deliver and award its own degrees in chiropractic and other subject areas, rather than in partnership with another university; a justified reward for an institution that has been delivering education, clinical training and research for over 50 years.
Starting out with an initial focus solely on chiropractic education, the college has since grown to deliver degree programmes and education in other specialist health fields such as diagnostic ultrasound and clinical exercise science, as well as being home to specialist diagnostic facilities such as an open and upright MRI scanner, one of just five of its kind in the country.
Principal of the AECC, Professor Haymo Thiel commented: “We are immensely proud of this monumental achievement. As we have just celebrated our 50th anniversary, we have now laid solid foundations for the next 50 years, this time as a Higher Education Institution in our own right. I am delighted that earlier this year, we have also achieved Institutional Designation in addition to TDAP, which allows eligible students to receive funding through the Student Loan Company for the degree programmes we offer.
I would like to thank all of my staff and others associated with the AECC, for their efforts and significant contributions, and our Higher Education Partner institution, Bournemouth University, for its support over the last ten years.”
Achieving TDAP means that the AECC will be able to apply for University College title and that it also has the powers to validate degree programmes at other institutions; both of which are exciting opportunities for the future.