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Educational and Student Policy

 

Purpose

A Full Review may be initiated on the recommendation of a Learning and Teaching Review Committee or at the request of the institution, Council of the School or General Board. Full Reviews are only carried out in exceptional circumstances. The decision as to whether a Full Review is appropriate will be taken by the General Board.

A Full Review, while following the same general process as a Learning and Teaching Review, will involve a more detailed scrutiny of the institution as well as adopting a strategic approach to the institution's future. It will take a holistic approach to the institution's activities, organisation and role within the University. A Full Review normally will be called for when issues which affect the structure and future development of an institution in a systemic way have been identified. Accordingly, the process will take longer than Learning and Teaching Review.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for each Review will be decided by the General Board in the light of the particular circumstances of the institution concerned, and after consultation with the relevant Faculty Board and Council of the School. They will include consideration of:

  1. the institution's arrangements for teaching, learning and assessment and for the quality assurance and enhancement of those arrangements;
  2. the institution's research;
  3. the resources available to the institution, including academic and support staff, accommodation, library and IT provision, equipment etc.;
  4. the organisation, management and administration of the institution;
  5. the future development of, and prospects for, the institution's work;
  6. the relationship of the institution with other cognate bodies;
  7. the financial situation of the institution;
  8. additional terms of reference that may be agreed by the General Board after consultation with the Council of the School and institution.

While a particular Review Committee may not find it necessary, on the basis of the documentation received and its meetings with staff and students, to scrutinise all aspects of the institution at the same level of detail, the Review Committee's Report will be expected to address, to a greater or lesser extent, all its terms of reference.

In particular, if a Learning and Teaching Review has not been carried out immediately prior to a Full Review, Review Committees will be expected to pay particular attention to issues connected with the institution's arrangements for teaching, learning and assessment and for the quality assurance and enhancement of those arrangements.

Review Committee membership

Membership of a Full Review Committee will be decided by the General Board after consultation with the relevant Council of the School and Faculty Board. As a minimum it will include:

  • two current members of the General Board (of whom one will be Chairman);
  • two members proposed by the Council of the School;
  • at least two members external to the University, of whom at least one should have the expertise necessary to scrutinise the institution's arrangements for teaching, learning and assessment and for the quality assurance and enhancement of those arrangements.

As with Learning and Teaching Review, the membership should not include any current or recent member of the institution under review.

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):