Programme monitoring, programme review and enhancement processes provide assurance of the ongoing academic quality and standards of validated courses and enables systematic enhancements to the quality of learning opportunities to be identified and delivered.
Changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to reflect on their quality assurance frameworks and to question if they remain fit for purpose. In the past, the sector was arguably characterised by a greater homogeneity of approach, with institutions aligning processes with the perceived requirements of QAA institutional review: now there is a sense of freedom and a willingness to adopt a wider range of approaches.
In this symposium we will hear from quality practitioners who will share how their institution has adapted its QA processes as a result of the changing external environment. Speakers will present ‘Lightning Talks’ on.
Approaches to programme monitoring
Approaches to programme review
We will be seeking interest from members and attendees to share institutional insights and developments with regards to approaches to programme monitoring and programme review. If you would like to take on a ‘Lightning Talk’ slot then please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
This symposium is kindly sponsored by Explorance
|10:30||Registration and Refreshments|
|11:10 – 12:30||Approaches to Programme Monitoring
1: ‘‘Desk-based Assessment of Quality and Standards‘
The presentation will provide an overview of the desk-based assessment process used at Edge Hill University to assess quality and standards for departmental annual monitoring and review.
Kelly Hand, Head of Curriculum Management, Edge Hill University
2: ‘Annual Good Standing’
From 2019 all courses will be subject to an annual confirmation of validation status, based on maintenance of good standing in respect of academic standards and quality. The process considers all courses with active student enrolments, with due regard for indicators and contextual information relating to quality and standards. The presentation will reflect on our approach during this academic year.
Lee Jones, Associate Registrar, Leeds Beckett University
3: ‘LJMU Process for Continuous Monitoring and Enhancement – Working Title’
Lucy McKenzie, Quality Enhancement Officer, Academic Registry, Liverpool John Moores University
Approaches to Programme Review
4: All Singing, All Dancing – establishing a fully comprehensive approach to programme review
This presentation will outline the challenges of trying to develop a programme monitoring approach that ticks the OfS and regulatory boxes, is aligned to the (current) requirements of TEF, is cognisant of PSRB requirements, considers delivery with or through partners, has student voice embedded, identifies and celebrates enhancement, and delivers genuine programme improvement, all wrapped up in a process/system that academics will want to engage with……..
Ruth Hattam, Deputy Academic Registrar, Quality and Teaching Excellence, Student, Library and Academic Services, Northumbria University
|12:30 – 13:10||Lunch and Networking|
|13:10 – 13:50||Approaches to Programme Review
5: Periodic Review: exploring options
The University of Brighton is currently considering the future shape of its periodic review process. Our starting point is wanting to enhance the education experience for students and we are reflecting on how periodic review can contribute to that and seeking to understand the benefits or disadvantages of different approaches. This session will explore some ideas and welcome contributions to the debate.
Sarah Plumeridge, Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)
6: A Proportional Approach to Programme Review
Nickie Varley, Business Partner, Academic Quality and Development, Glasgow Caledonian University
|13:50 – 14:50||Round Table Discussions:
Suggested questions for table conversations
|14:50 – 15:00||Feedback and close of symposium|
University Of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT, UK
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