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Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE)

The University gives the highest priority to the continuous enhancement of the quality of its programmes and the educational experience provided for all its students. As Cardiff University’s strategy document The Way Forward 2012-17 makes clear, we will build on current good practice to provide a positive and enriching student experience.

The Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC), at its meeting on 22 May 2013, endorsed proposals to integrate APRE, PGR Monitoring and NSS Action Planning into one streamlined process: Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE).

The ARE process requires, in a structured manner, Schools, Colleges and the University to analyse what needs to be changed or improved on an annual basis. The ARE process is undertaken by academic staff in partnership with students, ensures that there is accountability for decisions taken, and provides assurances in terms of the maintenance of the standards of our taught and research awards.

Each School is required to undertake ARE for all programmes (UG, PGT and PGR, including MRes and Professional Doctorates) under its aegis and for the student experience as a whole. The School lies at the heart of the ARE process but there are also roles for the Colleges and University (including the Professional Services). By the time the process is over it needs to be clear what actions should be taken to address issues and who is responsible for addressing them and by when.

Further information on ARE, including guidance and proformas is available from the link below:

Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE) – Information, Guidance and Proformas 


Queries regarding the Annual Review and Enhancement process should be addressed to:

Quality and Standards Team, Registry and Academic Services



Page last updated: 15 January 2015