Quality Handbook




Developmental Engagements


  1. Introduction


The periodic review schedule operates on a six-year cycle, which brings together large clusters of programmes, many of them broken into sub-clusters so that a holistic view can be taken of provision in subject areas.


There will be times when programmes cannot be reviewed within their groupings. These programmes can be reviewed with a ‘light touch’ ‘Developmental Engagement’ (DE) to carry them forward to the year in which they will be reviewed in the cluster.


  1. Membership of the Developmental Engagement Team


DE teams will include:


  • Chair from another faculty;
  • an external subject specialist;
  • two internal members of academic staff from a faculty other than the one in which the programme(s) reside(s);


The panel will be supported by a Quality Officer from Academic Registry


  1. Developmental Engagement Process


  • DEs will last one day only and will include a tour of resources as appropriate.


Developmental engagement teams will meet with:


  • students to discuss their experience;
  • the programme leader;
  • key members of the programme team, normally to a maximum of 6 people;
  • the Academic Dean to discuss the position of the provision in the Faculty’s plans for its academic portfolio.


  1. Developmental Engagement Documentation

To be provided by the Faculty 4 weeks before the event

Developmental Engagement teams will consider the following documentation:


  1. a current programme specification;
  2. the latest annual monitoring report;
  3. progression and completion data if not included in the annual monitoring report;
  4. the latest Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) data if not included in the annual monitoring report;
  5. the latest Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) report (where applicable) and response / action plan;
  6. external examiners’ reports and responses for the last 3 years;
  7. results of the National Student Survey (NSS) to a maximum of 3 years for the NSS, plus action plans/responses;
  8. Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC) minutes for the last year;
  9. the current student handbook(s) for the programme(s);
  10. module outlines for all core modules and a representative selection of optional modules (if these are on the VLE hard copy need not be provided – see below). If required the review team may request further details of modules;
  11. information available to students on the VLE (the review team must be given electronic access to programme and module information for two weeks prior to the event);
  12. other evidence of student feedback and actions taken in response as applicable.


  1. Outcomes from the Developmental Engagement


The Developmental Engagement will result in a report, written by the supporting Quality Officer, which:

  1. gives a summative judgement on the health of the programme indicating whether the review team is satisfied that it should continue until the date of the main scheduled periodic review;
  2. identifies key aspects of the provision including good practice;
  3. makes recommendations to enhance the provision, to be actioned as part of the next cycle of annual review unless otherwise stated (e.g. because a recommendation is more urgent).