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Programme Appraisal and Enhancement (PAE) - Introduced July 2017

The PAE process has been introduced in 2017/18 for all undergraduate (standard and non-standard) and taught postgraduate programmes excluding UK and overseas collaborative provision (CP). CP will continue with Programme Enhancement Plans (PEPs) this year and transfer to the PAE process in 2018/19.

The new PAE template and guidance are now available. In addition, each faculty Associate Processor (Quality)/Head of Quality has prepared a faculty specific example of a completed PAE to help you understand how to use the PAE. These examples are provided for illustrative purposes only as the wide range of subject/programmes across the university will mean that each PAE will reflect that diversity and complexity.

The Programme Management Board (PMB) sign off date for the first iteration of UG PAEs is 22 September and the end of the 2017 autumn term for PGT and non-standard UG (15 December).

Please contact your faculty Associate Professor (Quality)/Head of Quality if you have any queries or Louise Salmon, Quality Officer (Monitoring and Review).

PAE drop in sessions are being held to support colleagues who are completing the PAE. It is helpful if you can book in advance via but there is no requirement to do so.

Thursday 16 November 2017 – 10am to 12pm – EM1.07
Thursday 23 November 2017 – 2pm to 4pm – Queens 0.17
Friday 24 November 2017 – 12pm to 2pm – GH 3.51 
Monday 27 November 2017 – 12pm to 2pm – GH 3.51

Programme Enhancement Plans (PEPs) – Collaborative provision only

The Programme Enhancement Plan (PEP) is the De Montfort University (DMU) internal mechanism for annual programme monitoring. Based on the principles of trust and accountability, the PEP is an annual plan which reflects the evaluation of defined and established key monitoring information. Issues that arise from this evaluation form 'areas of focus', which record the main areas of development for the coming academic year. 

The PEP is a quality 'enhancement' tool, offering a balance between a reporting and evaluative framework. It is a dynamic document which enables issues to be addressed as they arise as part of ongoing reflective activity.

Programme enhancement ensures that:

The guide to annual programme monitoring and enhancement of academic provision is the primary tool for collaborative provision colleagues involved in this process. This should be read before completing the Programme Enhancement Plan (PEP). Additional step-by-step guidance to support completion of the PEP is also available. There is also separate guidance on using the student performance data available.

For further information, guidance or support in relation to PEPs, please contact Louise Salmon.

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