QAA Scotland logo In addition to the Overseas Audit, the QAA conducts another form of External Review: Institutional Review. All UK HEIs are subject to a periodic 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:

  • Effectiveness of the institution's management of the student learning experience
  • Effectiveness of the institution's arrangements for institution-led monitoring and review of quality and academic standards, however and wherever delivered
  • Effectiveness of the institution's implementation of its strategic approach to quality enhancement

ELIR 3: January/March 2015

The Quality Assurance Agency Scotland (QAAS) took its third Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR3) of Heriot-Watt University in 2014/15. The Review comprised:

  1. Submission of a Reflective Analysis, Case Study, Advance Information Set and supporting evidence; The three core documents - Reflective Analysis, Case Study and Learning and Teaching/Quality Assurance Briefing Papers - can be accessed through the Learning and Teaching SharePoint library (reference documents can be provided on request).
  2. Review Visit, which was in 2 parts: Part 1 28-29 January 2015 and Part 2 16-20 March 2015
  3. ELIR Outcome Report
  4. ELIR Technical Report
  5. ELIR One Year On Follow Up Report