Annual Programme Review
Extract from DASA Manual – Academic Affairs, Section 4.3
Purpose of Programme Review
Reflecting on the content and delivery of teaching is an ongoing part of normal activity for academic staff within the University. Annual Programme Review provides a formal opportunity for staff to reflect on the most recent delivery of the programme.
The purpose of Annual Programme Review is:
An APR report should be completed for each programme, including collaborative provision, or where appropriate, grouping of programmes, using the template provided (Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) Policies and Procedures Manual Appendix 10). The APR report should be completed by the Programme co-ordinator/leader and approved by the Programme team at a Programme Review Meeting. APR reports should be reviewed by Directors of Education and a School Overview report prepared for consideration by the School Education Committee and signed off by School Management Board. The School Overview report together with copies of the individual programme reviews should be sent to Academic Affairs by 21 December 2012. (See diagram on Annex1 .) The DE’s School Overview report may include issues for the University to consider, through the Education Committee.
Programme Review Group
The Head of School is responsible for ensuring that all of the programmes in the School are reviewed at the correct time and in line with the correct procedures every year. Programme Review Groups should be chaired by the Head of School (or nominee) or, in multi-subject Schools, the Chair of the relevant Board of Examiners (or nominee), and will be composed of the academic staff who teach on the programme. Programme Review Groups for collaborative provision should be chaired by the University Co-ordinator, and will be composed of the academic staff who teach on the programme in the collaborative organisation. Preferably, at least one student member of the relevant Staff Student Consultative Committee should be present at the review meeting. Employer representatives and other stakeholders may form part of the Programme Review Group, where appropriate. A Programme Review Group may review more than one programme.
Evidence to be Considered
The following evidence should be considered:
* The results of the National Student Survey, First and Second Year Experience Surveys and the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education are not available through Qsis but can be downloaded from the Centre for Educational Development (CED) website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/CentreforEducationalDevelopment/
Note that at present information is published only at subject level. The CED intends to make programme level results available from 2011-12 onwards (subject to the publication threshold of 10 respondents being met).
Programme Review Groups should:
(i) consider how future developments within the School and the University may impact upon the programme.
(ii) indicate how student views have been taken into account in the review.
(iii) consider any additional evidence, such as reports from accrediting or other external bodies.
The University may request Schools to consider a theme each year based on a University-wide policy or issue. Schools will be advised of the theme when the documentation is issued for APR in June each year. In the 2011-12 APR, Schools have been asked to comment on how their programmes extend and embed attributes and skills of employability.
Changes to Programmes
Substantial re-design of programmes requires that the procedures for new programme approval be followed (See Section 3 of DASA Policies and Procedures Manual). Where appropriate, and in consultation with Academic Affairs, there may be an opportunity to streamline the approval process.
Where Schools propose changes to programmes these changes should be submitted for approval by the Courses and Regulations Group (CRG) using the Summary Report Form (Appendix 12 of DASA Policies and Procedures Manual). Amended programme specifications should be submitted along with the Summary Report Form. On submission, the Secretary to CRG will liaise with the School if any additional information or documentation is required. Other printed and electronic documentation must be amended to reflect the changes.
Updated June 2012