Programme review

Every year, programme reviews take place using feedback from students, colleagues and external sources together with student progression and award data to plan improvement.

The review process

The student learning experience is at the heart of the programme review process. It may be necessary to make changes to the programme at other times in the year to make sure students are getting the best possible experience and keep up the academic standard. The school should review all programmes of study each year to make sure they still allow the students to achieve the necessary learning outcomes. It might work best to review suites of programmes together, for example core programmes with the international and industrial variants, nested awards and pathways.

Review tools

There is a review template and, for programmes taught in collaboration or subject to articulation arrangements, there is an additional annex. You can use more comprehensive report forms as long as the information contained in this template is included.

Requirements

The programme review should consider:

    • The QA team’s standard programme data set including student progression and achievement data
    • Qlikview users can generate the progression data themselves using ProgRevQ
    • Student evaluations
    • External examiners' reports
    • Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) reports (where relevant)
    • Issues identified during module reviews which impact upon the programme.

    Higher risk programmes will be reviewed in more detail. These are new programmes, programmes that have significantly changed or those that have been scored lower than the acceptable minimum in student evaluations.

    Reporting

    Programme reviews will be considered by the School Taught Student Education Committee and students informed through the Student Staff Forum and Minerva or programme handbook. The outcome will also be discussed at the Annual School Review (Student Education).

    Please send your approved undergraduate and postgraduate programme reviews to QAT.