QSN Symposium: Monitoring and Evaluation – Programme Monitoring and Review

Friday 15th May 2020 - Friday 15th May 2020

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: chair@qualitystrategynetwork.org.uk

This symposium is kindly sponsored by Explorance


Event Breakdown

Event Breakdown


10:30 Registration and Refreshments
11:00 Welcome

  • Sarah Plumeridge, Senior Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)
  • Lee Jones, Chair QSN
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

  • What approaches to programme monitoring and periodic review have changed or are due to change in your institution?
  • What challenges, successes and creative approaches to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are QSN member institutions experiencing in relation to programme monitoring and programme review?
  • Has Periodic Programme Review finally ran out of time? Discuss
  • Given your understanding of the direction of travel, what are your predictions for the future of Programme Monitoring and Programme Review?
  • Aside, and assuming a degree of difference, what you would actually like to see emerge in a new institutional quality management landscape for Programme Monitoring and Programme Review?
14:50 – 15:00 Feedback and close of symposium

Event Details

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Event Begins:
Friday 15th May 2020

Event Ends:
Friday 15th May 2020

Event Venue

University of Brighton
University Of Brighton, Room 808, Cockcroft Building, Moulsecoomb Campus
01273 600900
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University Of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT, UK

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