UHI Millennium Institute, HoTLS - Preparing for Subject Review
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 1Preparing for QAA SubjectReview 2005-06
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 2Introduction• In 2005-06, QAA (the Quality AssuranceAgency for Higher Education) will carry outsubject reviews in four subject areas in UHI– Computing– Visual Arts– Leisure and Tourism– Cultural Studies• These slides explain the process of subjectreview and look at how Academic Partners canprepare for it.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 3Outline: the review processSlides 5 to 11 cover the process and areas of subjectreview, looking at the following areas:5. Features of the review process6. What will the reviewers do?7. Self-evaluation document8. Aims of provision9. What areas are being reviewed?10. What do reviewers look at in these areas?11. Judgements
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 4Outline: preparing for subject reviewSlides 12 to 18 look at how UHI is affected by subjectreview, looking at to prepare for the review visits.12.Who’s involved in UHI?13.What evidence will the reviewers want to see?14.Who will the reviewers meet, and why?15.Preparing for review visits16.What will the reviewers expect staff to be aware of?17.What will the outcome of the review be?18.The review report
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 5Features of the review process• Peer review– By reviewers who understand the subject• Review against the aims of the subjectprovider (these are in the self-evaluation document:see slide 7)• Review over an extended period– Reviewers visit several Academic Partners– Gives a clearer picture of provision
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 6What will the reviewers do?• The reviewers will– consider the self-evaluation document (see slide 7)– look at documents– visit some or all of the Academic Partners involvedin the subject provision– meet students– meet staff– look at support facilities– look at teaching rooms
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 7Self-evaluation document• The self-evaluation document is central to theprocess of subject review.• A self-evaluation document (SED) will beprepared for each subject area beingreviewed in UHI.• The statements made in the SED are testedby the reviewers. It is important for staff toknow what is in the SED.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 8Aims of provision• The aims of the provision are set out in theSED. The aims of a subject provider look at:– What the subject provision seeks to achieve– How the aims relate to external indicators (e.g.employer expectations)– The general attributes of that subject’s graduates• QAA will be interested in how these aims arebeing achieved and in how the learningoutcomes relate to the aims.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 9What areas are being reviewed?The review will look at three major areas:• Academic standards (degree courses only)• Quality of learning opportunities (both degree and HN courses).Within this area, 3 aspects are examined:– Teaching and learning– Student progression– Effective use of learning resources• Maintenance and enhancement of standards and quality
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 10What do reviewers look at in these areas?• In academic standards, reviewers will check that– learning outcomes are clear and appropriate– curricula and assessment allow learning outcomes to beachieved effectively• In learning opportunities, reviewers will examine– effectiveness of teaching and learning in relation to aims andcurricula– student progression: how students are managed through theprogramme (recruitment, academic support, progression)– what learning resources are available and how effectively theyare used• Maintenance and enhancement of standards and quality– how quality issues are dealt with across the institution
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 11JudgementsAt the end of the review process, the reviewers will make judgementson the three major areas:• Academic standards– Confidence– Limited confidence– No confidence• Learning opportunities A judgement will be made for each of the threeareas:– Failing teaching and learning– Approved student progression– Commendable use of learning resources• Maintenance and enhancement of standards and quality– Confidence or no confidence
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 12Who’s involved in UHI?Subject Review Subcommittee Committee of UHI Academic Standards andQuality Committee: manages subject reviewsSubject leaders Co-ordinate the writing of SEDs; leadpreparation of subject teams; collect andmanage documentsSubject review facilitators Liaise between reviewers and UHI subjectleaders; help colleges to present themselves toreviewersFaculties Support subject networks and leaders; provideguidance throughout processAcademic Registry team Support subject leaders and review facilitators;manage review and approval of SEDs; liaisewith QAAAcademic Partner staff Meet with reviewers; may be involved in subjectteam preparationsAcademic Partner students Meet with reviewers
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 13What evidence will thereviewers want to see?The following are examples of the types of evidence ordocuments that the reviewers will want to see.• Student handbooks• Student work, with feedback• Student evaluations• Course and subject documents• Course annual reports• External examiners’ reports• Exam board minutes• Quality committee minutes
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 14Who will the reviewers meet,and why?• The reviewers will meet with staff, and willwant to know about teaching strategies andhow these relate to the assessments andlearning outcomes of the course.• The reviewers will probably not observeteaching, but will meet students and look atlearning materials and student evaluations.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 15Preparing for review visits• Visits should allow the reviewers to meetrelevant staff and students (who shouldunderstand the purpose of review), examineappropriate evidence, and see the strongestfeatures of the provision.• The subject review facilitator will help eachAcademic Partner to prepare a programmefor the review visit.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 16What will the reviewers expectstaff to be aware of?• The purpose of subject review• The SED for the subject area• UHI Academic Regulations• UHI Staff Guide• UHI Academic Register• Staff development
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 17What will the outcome of thereview be?• Once the review is complete, QAA will publish areport on the subject provision.• This will be available in booklet form and will be onthe QAA website (www.qaa.ac.uk) for five years.• The report may name examples of good practice andweakness in individual Academic Partners.• Therefore, managing the review visits so thatreviewers see the best aspects of provision is veryimportant.
Preparing for QAA Subject Review 2005-06 18The review report• The subject review report for each of the foursubjects will cover the following areas:– Description of review process– Aims of subject provider– Evaluation of quality of learning opportunitiesprovided and academic standards provided– Conclusions and judgements– One-page summary