Monitoring and Review

Annual Monitoring

Edge Hill University’s departmental Annual Monitoring process provides intelligence on the current health of all validated programmes by using key performance indicators such as programme performance data, external examiner reports and student surveys including the National Student Survey to identify areas for development as well as highlighting good practice. Guidance on the process and documentation requirements for annual monitoring is available in Chapter 3 [pdf] of the Quality Management Handbook.

Periodic Review

Operating within the University’s quality management strategy, periodic review is the principal means by which Edge Hill assures itself of the current and future health of its taught degree programmes, identifying and assessing actual and potential risks to their quality, standards and viability and highlighting areas for development as well as good practice with the potential for wider dissemination (for quality enhancement). Periodic review enables the Institution to take an holistic and strategic view of a department’s complete portfolio of programmes with critical advice from a panel of internal peers and external subject experts. It is also the mechanism by which continuing approval of current provision is confirmed.

Periodic review considers and evaluates all taught programmes in a designated unit of periodic review (department or other cognate grouping of programmes). This provides the opportunity to:

• Consider how the department’s academic strategy and direction align with University and Faculty priorities and national and regional agendas.
• Identify any issues with curriculum content and standards and the quality of teaching, learning   and assessment, student support, staffing and resources, and programme management   including quality assurance.
• Evaluate trends and issues in student recruitment, retention and progression across all awards from sub-degree to Masters, and partner-delivered provision including higher and degree apprenticeships.
• Explore the department’s plans for new programme development or the re-focusing or closure of existing provision.

Periodic reviews are programmed on a five-year cycle, the schedule and any changes to it being confirmed annually by the Academic Quality Enhancement Committee (AQEC) of the Academic Board. Judgements are made on the overall academic health of the department as well as the individual programmes hosted by it. Although periodic review normally confers continuing approval, panels may refer back any individual programme about which they have concerns to the host Faculty for modification or re-validation.

The University provides the following staff development for periodic review:

The following template forms are also used as part of the Periodic Review process: