Quality Reviews

Students taking part in reviewing programmes

Reviewing university practice to improve the student experience

Thematic Reviews

What: these reviews look critically at specific areas of university practice across all International Programmes. We invite students to join thematic reviews in order to feed crucial layers of perspective into any discussions that are had. In the last couple of years, we have completed Thematic Reviews the Special Examination Arrangements, Special Admissions, Code of Student Discipline, Mitigating Circumstances, Student Handbooks, and the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

How often: two Thematic Reviews are usually conducted each year.

How many students: at least one current student or recent graduate on each panel.

Periodic Programme Review (PPR)

What: a comprehensive review of a programme conducted by a panel of academic peers and at least one student. These reviews scrutinize the study materials, curriculum and management of a programme, and complete an analysis of statistical information on student performance.

How many students: each PPR panel will meet with a group of students from the programme being reviewed, and a student member is sometimes appointed to the panel.

Examples: in 2017, students have been involved in the PPR of our Psychology, Public Health, Global Health Policy and Computing programmes; in 2016, students were invited to join a session at the PPR for the Epidemiology programme.

Institutional Periodic Review (IPR)

What: If you study at one of our independent teaching institutions, we may ask you to take part in an IPR. This is a formal review that takes place every three to seven years to ensure that the institution continues to meet the criteria of the Teaching Institutions Recognition Framework (TIRF). The review panel will meet a group of students, and ask questions about the quality of teaching and student support you receive, as well as the general facilities available.

Programme Approval Panels

What: when a new programme is proposed by one of our lead colleges, the Learning Teaching and Assessment (LTAS) sub-committee will appoint a sub-panel to consider detailed programme approval documentation. This will include the Programme Specification and outline regulations, as well as a draft Student Handbook. The panel will also look at indicative course guides which includes course specifications, outline course learning outcomes, an indicative curriculum and assessment methods, and reading material.

How many students: generally, one student member is appointed to the panel.

Examples: MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration in 2014; MOOCs in 2014 and 2015; MSc Professional Accountancy in 2015; Global MBA in 2016.

MOOC Review Panels

What: all International Programmes MOOCs are reviewed by a standing panel of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Sub-committee (LTAS) to ensure they are fit for purpose before they are available to participants.

How many students: each panel includes a student member.

Examples in 2016-17: