The Annual Programme Review and the Annual Review of Research Degree Programmes processes were reviewed in 2017-18 in consultation with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, and Faculty Deans with responsibility for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree programme matters. The new approach will move away from a static reflection on sometimes outdated information, and focus on Continuous Action for Programme Enhancement (CAPE).
Key features include:
The CAPE approach and reporting templates for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree programmes were presented for consultation during April and May 2018. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the new approach welcomed across the University. CAPE was approved by the Education Committee and the Research and Postgraduate Committee in May 2018. Exemplars, guidance documentation and briefing sessions both for programme teams and reviewers, will be developed to facilitate implementation.
As part of the University’s quality assurance framework, Continuous Action for Programme Enhancement (CAPE) will be a key mechanism by which the University can assure itself of the quality, and maintain the academic standards, of its programmes. CAPE will enable programme teams to reflect and act upon relevant programme-level information within their normal cycle of business, reducing duplication of effort; and will enable Faculties/committees to make judgments on the School/programme team’s analysis of pertinent data and actions to address concerns or disseminate good practice. This work will form a significant part of the basis on which Academic Council will seek to provide assurance to Senate on the following matters, so that Senate may provide the required annual assurances to the Department for the Economy:
Faculty Deans with responsibility for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree programmes, respectively, have agreed how programmes will be grouped within separate CAPE reports. Reporting templates have been prepared in accordance with these groupings, and are available for updating via SharePoint.
Note: Generic tables have been included in the initial reporting templates uploaded to SharePoint. However, tables will be adjusted to fit the Qsis data for particular programmes (e.g. for specific degree classifications), providing bespoke programme reports.
The deadline for the submission of completed CAPE reports is:
Undergraduate Programmes: 14 December 2018
Research Degree Programmes: 14 December 2018
Postgraduate Taught Programmes: 1 March 2019
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