In addition to the Overseas Audit, the QAA conducts another form of External Review: Institutional Review. All UK HEIs are subject to a five-yearly institutional review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on behalf of the various Funding Councils in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, reviews of universities and other higher education providers are undertaken by QAA Scotland and take the form of an Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR).
The review has an enhancement purpose, defined as "taking deliberate steps to bring about improvement in the effectiveness of the learning experiences of students"1. ELIR is concerned with the University's strategic management and effectiveness of its implementation in order to secure academic standards and improve the student learning experience.
The review has three main areas of focus:
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) will undertake an Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) of Heriot-Watt University in 2010/11. The Review comprises: (1) submission of a Reflective Analysis, Case Study and supporting evidence (due October 2010); (2) Review Visit, which will be in 2 parts: Part 1 will be 19 & 20 January 2011 and Part 2 will be the week beginning 28 February 2011 (3-5 days).
Draft ELIR documents
1 Full information on the ELIR2 process can be found in Enhancement-Led Institutional Review Handbook: Scotland (2nd edition), available on the QAA website.
If you have any queries regarding ELIR please contact Dr Maggie King, Academic Registry, on M.King@hw.ac.uk or +44 (0)131 451 3728.
Heriot-Watt University is committed to maintaining its standards and continually enhancing its quality in all areas.