Institutional Review (IR) focuses on the powers and responsibilities, which universities hold for quality and standards. It is concerned with how a university assures itself and the wider public, that the quality and standards it sets for itself are being achieved.

IR analyses and tests the effectiveness of an institution’s processes for managing and assuring the quality of academic activities undertaken by the institution. It evaluates the extent to which internal QA schemes can be relied on to maintain the quality of provision over time.

Purposes of IR

  • to instill confidence in an institution’s capacity to safeguard standards, both internally and externally, through a transparent process;
  • to achieve accountability through external review and public report of an institution’s evidence of its own attentiveness to quality and standards, and of actions taken to improve and be responsive to feedback;
  • to provide systematic, clear and accessible information on the standards and quality claimed by an institution so as to inform the choices and decisions of potential students, employers, funding bodies and other users;
  • to promote improvement by identifying and sharing through peer review, good practice and encouraging innovation and active use of national and international standards and benchmarks.

Aspects of IR

  • University Goals and Corporate Planning
  • Financial Resources and Management
  • Research
  • Quality Management and Administration
  • Quality Assurance
  • Learning Resources and Student Support
  • External Degree Programmes
  • University/Industry/Community/ Other Extension Activities


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