Academic Services

Annual Monitoring, Review and Reporting

Processes for annual monitoring, review and reporting are in place across all credit-bearing provision and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and support systematic reflection and enhancement

Arrangements for 2019-20 Reporting

  • In May 2020 Senate Quality Assurance Committee approved the suspension of normal annual monitoring, review and reporting processes due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of an interim process to review and reflect on 2019/20.
  • The interim process will be light-touch and will complement academic contingency work. 
  • The interim process will focus on the impact of and learning from the Covid-19 pandemic but will also allow optional updates on actions identified from last year’s reporting cycle and a reflection on other aspects of academic standards, student performance and the student learning experience (including industrial action).
  • There is no requirement to include Massive Open Online Courses in the interim process.

At the conclusion of the interim process, Senate Quality Assurance Committee will take a decision on when and how to return to normal annual monitoring, review and reporting processes, including on any changes to the normal process. 

Reporting Templates

Revised annual quality report template for 2019-20:

Annual Programme Monitoring

Schools carry out annual programme monitoring, implementing a process which meets both local contexts and institution-wide principles and uses standard data.  Schools will decide on the optimum clustering of programmes.  All credit bearing courses offered by a School are included.  All programmes are monitored annually.      

Revised annual quality report deadline for 2019-20: Friday 30 October 2020

School Annual Quality Report

Schools report annually to Senate Quality Assurance Committee on key themes and actions from in-year monitoring, review and reflection, providing institutional oversight of issues and good practice.

School reports will inform the University’s annual report to the Scottish Funding Council. 

Revised annual quality report deadline for 2019-20: Friday 20 November 2020

College Annual Quality Report

Colleges will submit annual quality reports to Senate Quality Assurance Committee outlining their action plan for the support of teaching excellence and capacity building, their overview of performance data and themes to inform the Committee’s forward planning.

Colleges play a key role in supporting Schools’ annual monitoring, review and reporting processes.

Revised annual quality report deadline for 2019-20: Friday 27 November 2020

Supporting Data

During the interim process noted above, reflection on available data sets using the PowerBI Quality Data Dashboards will also be light-touch and further guidance will be provided in mid-June 2020. How to use the data dashboards and where to find information to support annual quality processes.

Using Power BI Quality Data Dashboards

Recording of using the PowerBI Quality Data Dashboards demonstration given by Paula Webster, Head of Student Data and Surveys (9 June 2019).

Course Enhancement Questionnaires

The policy is relevant to all taught, credit-bearing courses with students enrolled on them.

Staff guidance on Course Enhancement Questionnaires