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Education Quality and Policy Office


Throughout spring 2022, the University will pilot a new review system, Education Monitoring and Review (EMR).  EMR will replace all previous methods of course monitoring and review, and all previous methods are currently paused.  This page provides more information on the pilot, as well as archival information about previous processes.

What is EMR?

EMR is a new quality assurance process which will replace both the six-yearly Learning and Teaching Reviews (LTR), and the Annual Quality Update exercise (AQU).  EMR will be piloted in the 21-22 academic year by a select group of departments, with a view to rollout to the whole institution from October 2022.  The process will then be run every two years for all courses. 

EMR has been designed to be supportive, flexible, and data-driven in its approach, as well as to align with School planning processes to enable greater integration of curriculum developments with School priorities.  We hope that it will place less burden on departments than LTR, but will be more in-depth and data-driven than AQU.  The process has been designed by the Education Quality and Policy Office (EQPO) in close collaboration with the Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee (ASEC), which has senior representation from Schools, Colleges, and Cambridge Students’ Union. 

The pilot will run from February to April 2022; there are five participating Departments, and one cross-Departmental paper (drawn from the Natural Sciences Tripos).  The pilot aims to review the process, timeline, and guidance documentation, with particular focus on clarity, efficiency, and scalability prior to the full rollout.  A report will be made to ASEC in May 2022, and to the General Board's Education Committee (GBEC) in June 2022.

Archival information about educational review

Note: as above, all of these review processes are currently paused

Various types of review involving teaching institutions operate in the University of Cambridge:

  • Learning and Teaching Reviews (LTR): this is the default review for teaching institutions, and is concerned only with those activities. Teaching institutions can expect to be reviewed approximately every six years.
  • Programme Reviews: learning and teaching reviews may also be conducted at programme level for large interdisciplinary courses.
  • Full Reviews: this is an in-depth review of all the institution's activities, including learning, teaching, research and resources. It may be initiated as a result of a LTR, or may be requested by the institution, School or General Board. Full Reviews take place only in exceptional circumstances.
  • Other Reviews: occasionally Review Committees may be convened to investigate certain areas of provision or strategic interests.


The Learning and Teaching Review process was reviewed in 2019-20. The General Board's Education Committee agreed to pause all review processes pending the outcome of this review, and further piloting of a replacement.

Previous Learning and Teaching Reviews Reports and Responses can be found here (University members only):

Learning and Teaching Review: Reports and responses (Raven Protected)