8.15 Teaching quality

Introduction

This category contains information regarding the management of teaching quality in the institution including mechanisms for reviewing and ensuring the quality of teaching provided.[1] In some instances information will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, or information which, if released, may substantially prejudice the commercial interests of any person, endanger the physical or mental health or the safety of an individual, substantially prejudice the effective  conduct of public affairs, or constitute an actionable breach of confidence.

Academic proformas of the University of the Highlands and Islands

 

Category name

Category Description

Examples/Comments

Format of information

Fee

Withheld information

Programme approval

Programme approval and monitoring arrangements

Programme specifications.

Statement of the respective roles, responsibilities and authority of different bodies within the institution involved in programme approval and review.

Key outcomes of programme approval, and annual monitoring and review processes.

Periodic reports of departmental major programme reviews, and summaries of action taken.

Some information is available on the website.

 

Information not available on the website is available on request.

 

 

Free

 

Assessment

Assessment procedures and summaries of reviews of their effectiveness

Assessment strategies, processes and procedures.

Description of the range and nature of student work.

Reports of periodic reviews of the appropriateness of assessment methods used.

Some information is available on the website.

Information not available on the website is available on request.

Free

 

Student satisfaction

Summary results of any institutional mechanisms for measuring student satisfaction with their HE experience

Student perceptions of: Arrangements for academic and tutorial guidance, support and supervision.

Library services and IT support.

Suitability of accommodation, equipment and facilities for teaching and learning.

Quality of teaching and the range of teaching and learning methods.

Assessment arrangements.

Quality of pastoral support.

Survey results, e.g the National Student Survey and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Some information is available on the website.

Information not available on the website is available on request.

 

Free

 

Institutional internal reviews

Summary of the findings of the institution’s own internal reviews of quality and standards

Range of teaching methods used.

Availability and use of specialist equipment, other resources and materials to support teaching and learning.

Staff access to professional development.

Peer observation and mentoring programmes.

Use of external benchmarking and other comparators, both home and overseas.

Involvement of external peers in the review method, their observations, and the action taken in response.

Some information is available on the website.

Information not available on the website is available on request

Free

 

Professional accreditation of courses by external bodies

The nature of and duration of accreditation by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies, including accreditation and monitoring reports.

 

Available on request

Free

 

Validation

A description of courses where the institution acts as an external examination body or validates the examinations and qualifications of others, including ‘joint awards’.

List of courses, description of validation procedures, and statistical information on student outcomes

 

 

 

Assessments of the institution’s provision by the QAA

QAA[2] reports

Individual QAA reports

ELIR reports are available on QAA website.

Other QAA institutional audit reports available on request

Free

 

 



[1] Information which institutions are required to make available by their Funding Council or by a regulatory body is information included in the ‘Government and Regulator Relations’ category (12.18).

[2] QAA:  Quality Assurance Agency