Alongside annual quality monitoring, the University’s Periodic Quality Review (PQR) process provides a six-yearly independent evaluation of the quality and standards of provision within each academic area.
PQRs are based on a comprehensive self-evaluation document and supporting documentary evidence prepared by the area under review over a period of approximately one year, with the support of the Academic Quality and Standards team. The documentation is reviewed by a panel consisting of a chair, internal reviewer, external reviewer and a student reviewer. The panel is approved by the PVC Students and reports to the Academic Quality and Governance Committee.
The panel meet staff, students and associate lecturers during a 2-day review event to discuss the documentation provided, before reaching a judgement on the academic standards and quality of the student experience for the area under review, in the context of external requirements.
The panel’s report outlines their assurance of the quality and standards of the provision and makes a number of commendations and recommendations, which can be directed towards the area under review, broader faculty or unit and any department within the university. The report is then submitted to Academic Quality and Governance Committee (AQGC) for approval. Once approved, the outcomes are shared via internal websites.
The area under review, broader faculty/unit and the relevant university department are required to respond to the recommendations and formulate an action plan. AQGC and the faculty/unit under review monitor the progress of those actions until they are completed. Ongoing evaluation is incorporated in the annual monitoring cycle.