Institution-led Review

Institution-led Review (ILR) is one of the five pillars of the university sector's Quality Enhancement Framework. The idea of ILR is that, besides ELIR, universities should be responsible for managing their own periodic internal reviews - such as for subject areas, support services or cross-institutional themes.  It is outlined in more detail in the August 2017 Scottish Funding Council guidance to higher education institutions on quality.

This guidance, and the wider process of institution-led review, will of course be updated pending the development of the tertiary quality framework proposed in the 2021 SFC Review.

sparqs has provided support and guidance for two aspects of student engagement in ILR.

Firstly, we published guidance in May 2016 on Engaging students in Institution-led Review, developed in conjunction with Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art and IT Services Department.  A two-page executive summary is also available.  It was designed to support staff and students to work together before, during and after reviews of academic departments, service areas and cross-institutional themes. This guidance informed, and was launched as part of, QAA Scotland's Focus On project on ILR.

Secondly, we have generic, adaptable training materials that universities and students’ associations can use for student members of ILR panels.

Generic workbook - Word | pdf
Generic presentation - PowerPoint | pdf
Generic tutor notes - Word | pdf
Guidance on roleplay characters - Word | pdf

Our work and resources in this area will also be informed by the move to a tertiary quality framework, and sparqs continues to support students and staff in conversations about what partnership in internal review should look like.

For more information on this area of work, please contact Simon Varwell.

Student Engagement Framework

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