Applications are now closed (Thursday 20th February 2020 (9am)).
For more information please see below.
What are Internal Periodic Reviews?
Internal Periodic Reviews are the University’s internal mechanism for reviewing the provision of teaching and learning within Schools and subject-areas. Each School/subject area must undergo a review at least every six years. Internal Periodic Reviews enable Schools to think about their own internal processes, receive comments on their degrees from trusted outsiders, and give and receive responses to any recommendations that come to light through the process.
Further information can be found here.
The review is conducted by a team which includes both internal and external reviewers. The student member is a full and equal member of the team. The student member is not expected to comment solely from the student viewpoint, although their knowledge of current student issues is vital to the review. Therefore we would like to hear from students who are interested in becoming a student member of a review team.
What does the review cover?
Reviews cover all aspects of the student experience within the academic context, from how students are taught and assessed, to the quality of academic service provision within the subject area (computer and library provision, for example). They also address whether the subject area effectively facilitates student representation and feedback, and how effectively pastoral support is provided within the subject area.
Who conducts the reviews?
The whole process is overseen by Assistant Principal Academic Standards and Quality Assurance, Professor Tina Harrison. A review team is recruited for each review, comprising academic members of staff from other subject areas within the university, two academics from other institutions with expertise in the subject area, a member of administrative staff who organises and manages the process, and a student member.
Why is the student team member vital?
Although a range of students studying the subject being reviewed will be interviewed as part of the review process, experience has shown that having a student as a full, equal member of the review team is very valuable. They bring a fresh perspective to the process, often making innovative suggestions to enhance the process and outcomes, and their presence can make the students being interviewed feel more comfortable in being honest and open.
What would you gain from being a student reviewer?
Being a member of a review team is a wonderful way to develop communication, negotiation and teamwork skills, as well as gaining a greater insight and understanding of the university and educational experience. It is also a good opportunity to interact in a strategic way with staff and students, and influence and enhance the student experience. Successful completion of the role will also be included on the HEAR.
Student members of review teams will receive an honorarium payment of £500 once they have given their comments on the draft report.
Who is eligible?
As the reviews take place next academic year (2020-21) in semester 2, this opportunity is open to students who expect to be matriculated students at the University of Edinburgh during that time. Students must be able to attend training and review meetings in person, so online learners are only eligible to apply if they can fulfil this.
What training and information is available?
You will receive an initial briefing from the Students’ Association and Academic Services who will be available to answer questions and queries as you go through the process. There is a training session which student reviewers will be expected to attend (date TBC).
Responsibilities and time commitment
Student reviewers will be expected to:
- Evaluate written evidence provided by the subject area
- Work as part of a team to identify areas for further investigation
- Participate in and lead discussion meetings with students and staff
- Contribute to recommendations for further action
The following is an estimate of the time commitment involved:
- Training (2 hours maximum)
- Internal briefing for all involved in review process (1½ hours maximum)
- Review information meeting (1 hour)
- Remit meeting (1½ hours)
- Final Preparation meeting (1 hour)
- Reading and preparation (2 days)
- Review visit (2 full days - mandatory)
- Reading and commenting on draft Review report (1 day)
How to apply
Send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the role to: firstname.lastname@example.org, including ‘Internal Periodic Review Application’ in the subject heading by Thursday 20th February 2020 (9am). Selected candidates will be interviewed on Thursday 27th February 2020. Please note that students will not be able to review their own discipline. Please contact us at email@example.com if you require any further information.
Other relevant information
** Due to the University Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR), all periodic internal reviews will take place in semester 2 (January– March 2021)**
- Please note that the report will contain the names of the review team members and your name will be published on-line unless you request otherwise by contacting Gillian Mackintosh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- During preparations for the review, all review team members direct any queries about the content of the review via the review team administrator. Review team members should not make individual contact with staff or students of the area being reviewed.
- There is no need for any review team member to take formal notes during the review other than as a personal aide-memoire.
- The student member along with the other members of the team will be asked for their comments and amendments to the draft report.
- Students will be given access to private or sensitive information and must respect confidentiality during the process.
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