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.
- 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
- 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.
- Developmental Engagement Documentation
To be provided by the Faculty 4 weeks before the event
Developmental Engagement teams will consider the following documentation:
- a current programme specification;
- the latest annual monitoring report;
- progression and completion data if not included in the annual monitoring report;
- the latest Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) data if not included in the annual monitoring report;
- the latest Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) report (where applicable) and response / action plan;
- external examiners’ reports and responses for the last 3 years;
- results of the National Student Survey (NSS) to a maximum of 3 years for the NSS, plus action plans/responses;
- Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC) minutes for the last year;
- the current student handbook(s) for the programme(s);
- 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;
- 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);
- other evidence of student feedback and actions taken in response as applicable.
- Outcomes from the Developmental Engagement
The Developmental Engagement will result in a report, written by the supporting Quality Officer, which:
- 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;
- identifies key aspects of the provision including good practice;
- 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).