ELIR is an Enhancement Led Institutional Review. It is one of the five elements of the Quality Enhancement Framework in Scotland which aims to ensure that the experience you get at university is a good one. The Framework was developed by students (through the NUS) in partnership with universities and the Scottish Funding Council.

What does Enhancement mean?

In Scotland, enhancement is defined as taking deliberate steps to bring about improvement in the effectiveness of the learning experience of students” (QAA, 2012).

Why is ELIR important?

ELIR is an opportunity to look at how GCU policies and services work to give you the best learning and teaching experience to meet your needs. It will look at how your voice is heard and how GCU uses its quality assurance processes – which tell the University how well it is managing its academic standards – to manage, and make better, your university experience.

How does ELIR work?

The University submits a Reflective Analysis (RA) to the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) in advance of ELIR Panel visits. The RA is a commentary, written by staff and students, that reflects on the University’s efforts to strategically manage your learning experience.

After the ELIR visits, the Panel produces a report, which judges the effectiveness of the University’s arrangements for managing the academic standards of your award, and also how it enhances the quality of your learning experience. The report will highlight areas of good practice and areas where the University could benefit from investigating. These recommendations will help to shape the University’s priorities over the coming years.

When will GCU go through ELIR?

The ELIR Panel (which consists of 5 academics and a student reviewer) will visit GCU in January and March 2015.

How can I be involved?

ELIR will involve all students, whether they are undergraduate or postgraduate; part-time or full-time; in Glasgow, London or distance-learning; international or home. You may be asked to meet with the Panel in March to talk about your learning experiences at GCU. The Panel is interested in your view of the University – what works well, what doesn’t. The Panel is also interested in the ways students and staff work together, especially to make your voice heard to make your experience better.