What is SR ?

Main Features of the Subject Review
  • Peer review
  • 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 Subject Review
  • 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
  • Postgraduate Studies
  • Peer Observation
  • Skills Development
  • 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.

  • Confidence
  • Limited Confidence
  • No Confidence

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.

  • Good
  • Satisfactory
  • Unsatisfactory
QA Handbook for Sri Lankan Universities, July 2002