Subject Review (SR) evaluates the quality of education within a department of study. It is focused on the quality of the student learning experience and on student achievement. SR is designed to evaluate the quality of both undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes.
Main Features of the SR
Production of an analytical Self-Evaluation by the academic staff delivering the programmes
Review against the aims and intended student learning outcomes contained in the Self-Evaluation
Review visit of 3 days
An overall judgment, contained in a short report
The aims and learning outcomes contained in the self-evaluation provide an important reference point for SR. Reviewers evaluate the quality of education in the department(s) under review according to the aims and learning outcomes aspired to by the subject team. Reviewers do not use any externally set standards against which the programmes are judged.
Aspects of SR
Curriculum Design, Content and Review
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods
Quality of Students, including Student Progress and Achievement
The Extent and Use of Student Feedback, Qualitative and Quantitative
Academic Guidance and Counseling
In both Institutional Review (IR) and SR, there will be one overall judgment concerning either the university’s QA systems (IR), or the quality of provision in the department concerned (SR).
There will be three options open to the review team in making this judgment.
In addition to the overall judgment, review teams will provide a separate judgment of each SR aspect. The review team will summarize its findings in each aspect, noting strengths, good practice and weaknesses.
At the end of each aspect, team will use one of three judgments.