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Student participation in academic quality processes

Students are involved in academic quality processes, both in terms of providing feedback which may be used to inform decisions regarding programmes of study, but also directly through representation as a panel member.

Validation

Students play a key role in programme design and approval. New programme proposals are scrutinised by the relevant Programme Management Board (PMB), which includes student representation. Marketing staff seek students’ views on new programme proposals. A student representative is invited on to the validation panel (where unavailable, a member of the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) Executive will undertake this role). See validation guidance for student panel members.

Periodic review

Students and alumni are involved in five key ways during the periodic review process. Programme teams reflect on student views whilst writing their Self-Evaluation Document (SED) on which student commentary is also sought. A student representative is invited on to the validation panel (where unavailable, a member of the DSU Executive will undertake this role). A group of students also meet with the panel on the day of review. See periodic review guidance for student panel members.

Collaborative provision

Student input is sought throughout all stages of collaborative partner approval and review. A member of the DSU Executive provides comment on the proposed new partners. A student representative is invited on to the validation panel (where unavailable, a member of the DSU Executive will undertake this role).

Curriculum modification

Students are drivers of change. Feedback through student surveys and staff/student consultation can be one of the triggers for a programme leader to initiate change via the curriculum modification process. Changes can include revised assessments/weightings or learning outcomes. Any curriculum changes require support of the PMB and wider faculty (ie Associate Professor (Quality)).

Training for students representatives

Students and staff involved in academic quality assurance and enhancement processes have access to training and support provided by the university and the DSU. Please contact Sophia Goddard for further details. 

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