The QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education is the main reference point for all internal and external reviews. It articulates what is required of higher education providers and sets out defined Expectations that all universities must meet. Chapter B5 (Student Engagement) sets out the Expectation that ‘higher education providers take deliberate steps to engage all students, individually and collectively, as partners in the assurance and enhancement of their educational experience’.

Students play a crucial role in quality enhancement and assurance at GCU. You will be asked to provide regular feedback on your academic and student experience, for example through module evaluation questionnaires and periodic student surveys. There are robust representation processes in place in partnership with the Students’ Association to ensure the student voice is heard throughout the University, for example via Student Staff Consultative Groups, Programme Boards, School Boards and University Committees.

In addition, students are actively involved in all aspects of internal and external review processes. Whether a review is being undertaken at programme, subject or university level, the student voice should be clearly articulated in any supporting documentation and during the event itself. All levels of review involve meetings with groups of students to allow the panel to hear directly about your learning experiences at GCU. There should, as far as possible, be a student panel member involved in all institution-led reviews at GCU, including Programme Approval, Programme Review, Enhancement-led Internal Subject Review (ELISR) and Thematic Review. This may be a Full Time Officer from the Students’ Association, or a trained student representative.

You can find out more about being a participant or student panel member in academic quality processes below. 

Student Panel Members: Programme Approval and Review

The option to participate in Programme Approval and Review events as a student panel member is offered to School Officers, Postgraduate Representatives and Class Rep Associate Trainers as an additional (paid) opportunity within your role. To find out more about participating in an event as a student panel member, please read this short briefing document.

 

The following handbook has been produced for participating student panel members. It has been designed to supplement face-to-face briefing sessions and will provide all the information you need to be an effective member of a Programme Approval or Review panel.

Student Participants - Programme Review

When academic programmes at GCU are being reviewed, the panel aims to meet a group of current students and/or recent graduates to hear your views. If you have been invited to participate in a Programme Review event as a current student or recent graduate, you can find out more about what’s involved by reading this short ‌information sheet.  

 

You may also be invited to contribute to, or comment on, the documentation produced by the academic team in advance of an event. This will be organised by your Programme Leader or programme team, and may be coordinated through the Student Staff Consultative Group or through dedicated focus groups/events. 

Student Panel Members: ELISR

Participation in Enhancement-Led Internal Subject Review (ELISR) events as a student panel member is usually undertaken by a Full Time Officer from the Students’ Association or a nominated senior student representative. To find out more about participating in an event as a student panel member, please read this short briefing document.

 

The following handbook has been produced for participating student panel members. It has been designed to supplement face-to-face briefing sessions and will provide all the information you need to be an effective member of an ELISR panel.

Student Participants - ELISR

When subject areas (or Departments) at GCU are being reviewed, the panel aims to meet a group of current students and recent graduates to hear your views. If you have been invited to participate in an Enhancement-Led Internal Subject Review (ELISR) event as a current student or recent graduate, you can find out more about what’s involved by reading this short ‌information sheet.  

 

You may also be invited to contribute to, or comment on, the documentation produced by the academic team in advance of an event. This will be organised by your Programme Leader or programme team, and may be coordinated through the Student Staff Consultative Group or through dedicated focus groups/events.