Information for Staff (Institutional Review)
Cardiff University is currently preparing for its Institutional Review which will take place between 31 March and 4 April 2014. Institutional Review is undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of all Higher Education Institutions to ensure that a university is meeting UK expectations in its quality processes and the enhancement of its learning opportunities for its students.
As part of the review, the University will be required to demonstrate how it maintains its academic standards and quality and how it enhances the quality of learning opportunities for its students. There will be a number of ways the University will need to demonstrate this, namely by:
- The submission, in January 2014, of a Self Evaluation Document (SED) to the QAA, accompanied by a detailed range of evidence sources to support the descriptions and reflections made in the SED on the Institution’s strategy, structures, policies and processes. Staff can access the submitted SED here.
- A weeklong visit by the QAA Review Team, commencing 31st March 2014. The QAA will meet with students and a range of staff within the University to gain first-hand information on the Institution’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement.
The preparations for the review will require engagement from across the University, particularly in the drafting of the Self Evaluation Document and evidence gathering to support this. The QAA will also wish to meet with members of staff from Schools or the Professional Services, as well as senior management of the University. The QAA will hold a First Team Visit with the University on the 19th and 20th February 2014, at which point the QAA will confirm those areas of the University with which it would wish to meet.
Following the Review visit, the QAA will write a report on the findings of its review which will include judgements, recommendations, features of good practice and affirmations. The University will have an opportunity to respond to the report before the final report is published on its website.
Further information is available on these web pages about the key dates for Institutional Review; the details of the IR Project Team, responsible for carrying out the preparations and deliverables for IR; and we will also keep staff informed of any briefing events via our community on Cardiff Connections. The links at the bottom of this page provide more information on the Institutional Review process.
For further information, you can also contact the Cardiff University Institutional Review Project Team on: InstitutionalReview@Cardiff.ac.uk