Periodic review is the university's mechanism for evaluating programmes and subjects holistically at least every five years, taking a view of the quality and standards of the provision, allowing for external and independent confirmation. This secures the confidence of external agencies by providing evidence that the university can self-regulate. Benefits of the process also include enabling new approaches and current practices to be developed and enhanced, and for good practice to be recognised and disseminated.
The review is based on the principle of self-evaluation – in order to get the best out of the process, subject teams need to be explicit about their strengths as well as areas for enhancement. The process is designed to ensure intended characteristics and learning outcomes are valid and being met where appropriate, and standards attained. Periodic review also provides an opportunity for the subject team to think strategically about their programmes and review longer term plans and objectives, whilst considering and reviewing management of the provision to ensure an appropriate student experience. A briefing meeting is held, normally six months before the review, to help familiarise key staff with the nature and process of review, establish the scope of the review, and identify dates and deadlines. It also provides an opportunity to discuss possible panel members.
A flexible approach is taken to planning how provision is grouped for review and when each review takes place, taking into account the range of provision delivered, relationships to Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and scheduling of accreditation events. It is preferable that all levels of provision within a cluster of programmes are reviewed together, and joints will be included and viewed as individual programmes rather than holistically as a joint with a different subject. Guidance on scheduling and grouping provision is available which outlines factors taken into account when planning when reviews will take place, and how programmes are grouped together. The schedule of periodic reviews is also available.
For further information regarding periodic review, please contact Louise Salmon.
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This section is concerned with the role that the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ) undertakes in the central management of periodic review. The guide to periodic review is the primary tool for colleagues involved in this process. Key information from this guide is presented in this section along with other available material (via the left hand side navigation menu). There is also a quick start guide to periodic review available for reference.