The University's scheme for periodic review has been devised by the University's Teaching Committee (UTC) to provide an opportunity for periodic reflection by individual departments and the University on the continuing standards and relevance of taught academic programmes to both internal and external needs.
The scheme also provides a focus for considering the quality of the student experience including that of research students.
External assessors have an important role to play in the Periodic Review process.
As the purpose of periodic review visits is internal review, Teaching Committee feels that to make the reports, or quotes from them, publicly available for a different purpose and audience (e.g. for recruiting students) could potentially distort the aims of reviews and the contents of reports, and subsequently their value as quality enhancement tools.
An interim visit is intended to be developmental in approach and to complement, not replicate, periodic review. Interim visits may focus on selected areas, defined in advance of the visit, or may cover the full scope of a department's provision. They will provide an opportunity for both the department and the visiting team, to set the agenda for discussion.
If you require further information about periodic review, please contact the secretary of your periodic review panel. If the membership of the panel has not yet been confirmed please contact the QA team member assigned to your department.
A three year review visit is an additional level of monitoring for programmes which are seen as higher risk.
The visit focuses on:
Following a satisfactory three year visit, higher risk programmes are usually monitored through the usually departmental monitoring procedures, which will include Annual Programme Review and Periodic Review.