Annual review and enhancement

We give the highest priority to the continuous enhancement of the quality of our programmes and the educational experience provided for all its students.

Annual review and enhancement unites Schools, Colleges, students and the Professional Services in a drive to continuously enhance the quality of programmes and the educational experience of all students.

The School lies at the heart of the process, however there are College and University strategic priorities that will also be considered as part of the annual review and enhancement process. At every level, there is an expectation that students will be engaged in every aspect of the process to evaluate a School’s provision and educational experience.

Principles

To ensure that the annual review and enhancement process operates effectively, it has been designed in the context of three core principles:

Subsidiarity

The process is designed to empower the members of Boards of Studies and equivalent Boards for postgraduate research activity to play a full role in analysing and identifying necessary actions to improve the quality of programmes and the educational experience of its students.

Accountability

Ensuring that key decision-makers in Schools, Colleges and the University are engaged in such a way that there is accountability for decisions and actions.

Student engagement

We work in partnership with students across all quality assurance and engagement activities to deliver an excellent educational experience.

Key themes

Key themes for consideration within annual review and enhancement are:

  • update on previous annual review and enhancement (ARE) action plans with progress monitoring
  • analysis of programme portfolio (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) and areas for development
  • analysis of student performance on any collaborative provision arrangements (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) and potential areas of development
  • programme design – structure, content, assessment and feedback
  • quality and standards – student numbers, retention, achievement and progression (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research)
  • analysis of the student experience (undergraduate and postgraduate taught) via surveys and module feedback
  • overall approach to the student experience (postgraduate research students)
  • revised action plan (including those not completed during the previous academic session)
  • evaluation of outputs and outcomes (research, academic and student experience).