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Achievements

QAC achievements in specific years.

2017-18

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – The Committee continued to monitor progress against plans to address the main areas for development identified by the ELIR which were clustered under five themes: Postgraduate Research Student Experience; Personal Tutoring System; Student Representation at College and School Level; Assessment and Feedback; and Staff Engagement in Learning and Teaching. 

  

  • Quality Assurance Framework – The Committee completed the implementation of the new streamlined processes for Schools’ and Colleges’ annual quality reviews and for periodic reviews (Teaching Programme Reviews and Postgraduate Programme Reviews) and evaluated the impact of the new processes with generally positive feedback from Colleges and Schools.

   

  • Thematic Review of Support for Mature Students and Student Parents and Carers – The Committee oversaw the review and approved the final report and recommendations.   

2016-17

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – The Committee monitored progress on the plans to address the main areas for development identified by the ELIR which were clustered under five themes: Postgraduate Research Student Experience; Personal Tutoring System; Student Representation at College and School Level; Assessment and Feedback; and Staff Engagement in Learning and Teaching.  

 

  • Quality Assurance Framework – The Committee implemented a new streamlined processes for Schools’ and Colleges’ annual quality reviews and for periodic reviews (Teaching Programme Reviews and Postgraduate Programme Reviews).  Colleges welcomed the new annual review arrangements (which resulted in much shorter annual College reports) and Schools provided positive feedback on the new arrangements (which involve a revised annual report template, and stronger focus on the programme as the key level for reflection).

 

  • External Examiner Project – The Committee undertook a post-project evaluation, which indicated broad satisfaction with the system while identifying some issues regarding the system for potential enhancement. The Committee also reviewed data from the system covering undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes for the academic year 2015/16, identifying general themes and recommending University-level actions.

2015/16

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – In the autumn 2015 ELIR, the University achieved the highest possible judgement: “effective arrangements for managing academic standards and the student learning experience”.  The Committee oversaw the establishment of plans to address the main areas for development identified by the ELIR which were clustered under five themes: Postgraduate Research Student Experience; Personal Tutoring System; Student Representation at College and School Level; Assessment and Feedback; and Staff Engagement in Learning and Teaching.    

 

  • Quality Assurance Framework – The Committee developed and approved proposals (following extensive consultation with Schools and Colleges) to implement new streamline processes with the aim of reducing the administrative burden while deriving maximum benefit from quality activity.  In developing proposals, the Committee took into account of the reviews by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) of the Quality Enhancement Framework in Scotland, and by the Higher Education Funding Council for England of the future shape of Quality Assessment in the rest of the UK. 

 

  • External Examiner Project The Committee monitored the complete roll-out of phases one and two of new External Examiners system and policy, including the new role of Programme External Examiner. 

 

  • Personal Tutor (PT) System – The Committee established the PT System Oversight Group to monitor the effectiveness of the system during the transition from the implementation phase (the Enhancing Student Support project) to the mainstreaming of the system within School QA processes. 

2014/15

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – The Committee oversaw the planning and preparation for the 2015 ELIR.  

 

  • External Examiner Project - The Committee oversaw the introduction of a new External Examiner Online Reporting System that would allow the University to maximise the benefits from information gathered in External Examiner reports so as to inform the University’s strategic approach to quality assurance and quality enhancement. The Committee also approved a revised policy for External Examiners for Taught Programmes and a new Handbook for External Examiners.   

 

  • Course Evaluation System (EvaSys) - The Committee oversaw the development of the student survey framework including the work undertaken by Student Surveys Unit to pilot and develop the EvaSys course evaluation software, providing a standardised approach to gathering and reporting course level student feedback. The Committee also oversaw the Student Survey Unit’s work on introducing a Student Panel.  

2013/14

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – The Committee continued to monitor progress on the implementation of recommendations from the 2011 ELIR.  

 

  • External Examiner Project – The Committee oversaw work to develop a new External Examiner Online Reporting System.  

 

  • UK Quality Code – The Committee oversaw work to ensure full alignment with the UK Quality Code, identifying areas for further enhancement.

 

2012/13

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) – The Committee oversaw the University response to the 2011 ELIR.  

 

  • Student Engagement – The Committee oversaw the launch of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association-University statement on Student Engagement and the development of Student Staff Liaison Committee Principles.

 

  • School Director of Quality – The Committee developed the outline of School Director of Quality role.