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Educational and Student Policy

 

Learning and Teaching Reviews (LTRs) are one means whereby the General Board carries out its statutory responsibility for overseeing arrangements for learning and teaching. The role of the Review Committee, made up of academic peers, is to: explore whether teaching and learning activities are being carried out effectively, note where provision might be enhanced, suggest constructive courses of action, and to report to the General Board.

The Committee's report is not intended to represent accreditation or judgement of the institution. Rather reviews are primarily intended as a reflective exercise for the enhancement of learning and teaching, and as a health check on academic standards and the quality of the student learning experience.

In addition, LTRs: provide evidence to external bodies such as the Quality Assurance Agency that the University can assure itself of the quality and standards of its educational provision, recommend whether a Full Review is necessary, and identify innovative or particularly effective practices for dissemination across the University.

Terms of reference

LTRs cover all programmes at the undergraduate, taught postgraduate, research postgraduate level and executive education (including any collaborative and/or part-time provision).

The terms of reference (ToR) are as follows:

  1. Overall structure of the institution
  2. The educational aims of the programmes provided by the institution
  3. Knowledge and skills acquired by students during the institution's courses (learning outcomes)
  4. Curricula and assessment of the institution's courses
  5. Student support
  6. Learning resources
  7. Maintenance and enhancement of standards and quality
  8. Any special ToR suggested by the General Board, Council of the School or institution, which does not fall within the other ToR.

Review Committee membership

Depending on the size and complexity of the institution, the Review Committee will consist of between four and six members, at least one of whom will be external to the University and one will be a student. The relevant Council of the School will, after consultation with the institution, suggest names for appointment by the General Board; CUSU's Education Officer will be invited to suggest student members who will be considered for appointment. The Committee's Chair will be a nominee of the General Board. The External Reviewer and the student member should be involved on the same basis as other members - attending meetings of the Committee and contributing in the same manner to discussions and formulating the report.

The Committee should not include any current or recent member of the institution under review. Due regard should be paid to any actual or potential conflict of interest when membership of the Review Committee is considered. For example, it would not be appropriate for a current or recent External Examiner associated with the institution, or a recent former member of staff, to act as an External Reviewer.

Every effort will be made to complete Learning and Teaching Review within the academic year in which the Review Committee is established. Where possible, Review Committee membership should remain constant throughout the review.

For more detailed guidance about Learning and Teaching reviews, please see the supporting documentation below.

Supporting documentation

Those involved in General Board reviews may find the following documentation useful (please note that these documents are only accessible to local users):

Reports

Reports and responses for previous Learning and Teaching reviews from October 2011 can be found here (cam-only).