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Overview

Liverpool Hope’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (approved Senate July 2013, revised June 2014) sets out the key principles which underpin all programmes across the University. Core to this (8) is the expectation that ‘Learning opportunities [are] developed through regular reflection by subject and support teams’. To support this, and reflecting wider academic quality assurance requirements, the University has adopted an academic quality framework that encompasses a suite of activities, processes and procedures designed to:

  • support the process of continuous enhancement;
  • ensure there is accountability for decisions taken; and,
  • provide assurances in terms of the maintenance of the standards of our awards.

The University employs two mechanisms to structure and capture efficiently and effectively the outcomes of the analysis of all academic programmes and the educational experience of students:

  1. Departmental Review takes place once within a five-year cycle and enables the University to take a longer, more holistic and strategic view of a department and its programmes with the benefit of critical advice from an academic panel that includes external subject experts and student representatives.  This process normally incorporates the periodic review of programmes to ensure their continued currency and relevance.  
  1. ARE is an annual process of analysis, reflection, and transparent decision-making about actions taken and required to enhance every aspect of the student experience (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research). The process is designed to unite Departments, Faculties and wider services in a drive to continuously enhance the quality of programmes and the educational experience we offer.

About ARE

Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE)

ARE is at the centre of Liverpool Hope University’s approach to maintaining academic standards and enhancing student experience and learning opportunities. The ARE process requires, in a structured manner, Departments/Schools, Faculties and the University to review all of its programmes and to agree what needs to be changed or improved on an annual basis. The ARE process ensures that there is accountability for decisions taken and provides assurance in terms of the maintenance of the standards of our taught and research awards.

Each Department is required to undertake ARE for all credit-bearing provision offered under its aegis and for the student experience as a whole. This covers:

  • Undergraduate majors / programmes
  • Postgraduate modules / programmes 
  • Postgraduate research programmes
  • Stand alone, credit-bearing short courses 

 

For Guidance - see the ‌

and also the Short Guide for Staff produced by IT Services about the ARE On-Line system 

 

Purpose:

The purpose of ARE can be summarised as follows:

1     To enable Departments to reflect upon their provision and the educational experience of all students;

2     To evaluate the achievements of students' on their programmes;

3     To identify good and innovative practice and to draw the attention of the Faculty and wider University to matters of generic interest or concern;

4     To identify opportunities for enhancement, including drawing on student views; 

5     To ensure that appropriate action is taken to address shortcomings identified by the Department, University, External Examiners or wider stakeholders (PSRB etc.);

6     To provide the data and evidence to enable the University to express confidence that a Department’s provision continues to meet the needs of students and wider stakeholders;

7     To provide assurances in terms of the management of risk and the maintenance of the standards of our awards;

8     To meet the expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. 

ARE Templates 15/16

TEMPLATES FOR ARE REPORTING 

UG ARE is to be completed via the on-line system

Scope of the Annual Review and Enhancement 15/16

Following discussions with the Vice Chancellor, and reflecting the migration to the on-line system you are only required to complete the ARE on-line report for Hope Park and Creative Campus courses / students on an Undergraduate provision. Returns for Network of Hope, PGCE and Post Graduate Taught and PGR will be completed at a later time via different mechanisms.

 

 

14/15 Templates (for information only)

Postgraduate Taught ARE Template

Module or Short Course ARE Template

Notes for HoDs on ARE

The University requires that a full meeting of all Departmental staff takes place to ensure a rigorous engagement with the data with minutes taken to capture the reflections. The ARE form must be completed and uploaded by the Head of Department / School no later than 9th September so that the Dean can write an overview for the Faculty by 30th September.

Faculty level ARE reports are considered at the joint meeting of Academic Committee and Learning and Teaching Committee in the Autumn of each Academic Year. 

Data Sources

From 2015-16, core data to support ARE will be provided via My Hope.

 

A Staff Guide is available to walk you through the system

 

It is anticipated that this will be available circa July 7th, following completion of all internal examination and associated processes. 

 

 

 

Support and Advice

Understanding ARE and Departmental Review sessions are held as part of the professional development programme run by Personnel.  

Please contact the SAQA Dr Katherine Birch (ext. 3791) or your FEO for 1:1 advice.

Overview

Liverpool Hope’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (approved Senate July 2013, revised June 2014) sets out the key principles which underpin all programmes across the University. Core to this (8) is the expectation that ‘Learning opportunities [are] developed through regular reflection by subject and support teams’. To support this, and reflecting wider academic quality assurance requirements, the University has adopted an academic quality framework that encompasses a suite of activities, processes and procedures designed to:

  • support the process of continuous enhancement;
  • ensure there is accountability for decisions taken; and,
  • provide assurances in terms of the maintenance of the standards of our awards.

The University employs two mechanisms to structure and capture efficiently and effectively the outcomes of the analysis of all academic programmes and the educational experience of students:

  1. Departmental Review takes place once within a five-year cycle and enables the University to take a longer, more holistic and strategic view of a department and its programmes with the benefit of critical advice from an academic panel that includes external subject experts and student representatives.  This process normally incorporates the periodic review of programmes to ensure their continued currency and relevance.  
  1. ARE is an annual process of analysis, reflection, and transparent decision-making about actions taken and required to enhance every aspect of the student experience (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research). The process is designed to unite Departments, Faculties and wider services in a drive to continuously enhance the quality of programmes and the educational experience we offer.

About ARE

Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE)

ARE is at the centre of Liverpool Hope University’s approach to maintaining academic standards and enhancing student experience and learning opportunities. The ARE process requires, in a structured manner, Departments/Schools, Faculties and the University to review all of its programmes and to agree what needs to be changed or improved on an annual basis. The ARE process ensures that there is accountability for decisions taken and provides assurance in terms of the maintenance of the standards of our taught and research awards.

Each Department is required to undertake ARE for all credit-bearing provision offered under its aegis and for the student experience as a whole. This covers:

  • Undergraduate majors / programmes
  • Postgraduate modules / programmes 
  • Postgraduate research programmes
  • Stand alone, credit-bearing short courses 

 

For Guidance - see the ‌

and also the Short Guide for Staff produced by IT Services about the ARE On-Line system 

 

Purpose:

The purpose of ARE can be summarised as follows:

1     To enable Departments to reflect upon their provision and the educational experience of all students;

2     To evaluate the achievements of students' on their programmes;

3     To identify good and innovative practice and to draw the attention of the Faculty and wider University to matters of generic interest or concern;

4     To identify opportunities for enhancement, including drawing on student views; 

5     To ensure that appropriate action is taken to address shortcomings identified by the Department, University, External Examiners or wider stakeholders (PSRB etc.);

6     To provide the data and evidence to enable the University to express confidence that a Department’s provision continues to meet the needs of students and wider stakeholders;

7     To provide assurances in terms of the management of risk and the maintenance of the standards of our awards;

8     To meet the expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. 

ARE Templates 15/16

TEMPLATES FOR ARE REPORTING 

UG ARE is to be completed via the on-line system

Scope of the Annual Review and Enhancement 15/16

Following discussions with the Vice Chancellor, and reflecting the migration to the on-line system you are only required to complete the ARE on-line report for Hope Park and Creative Campus courses / students on an Undergraduate provision. Returns for Network of Hope, PGCE and Post Graduate Taught and PGR will be completed at a later time via different mechanisms.

 

 

14/15 Templates (for information only)

Postgraduate Taught ARE Template

Module or Short Course ARE Template

Notes for HoDs on ARE

The University requires that a full meeting of all Departmental staff takes place to ensure a rigorous engagement with the data with minutes taken to capture the reflections. The ARE form must be completed and uploaded by the Head of Department / School no later than 9th September so that the Dean can write an overview for the Faculty by 30th September.

Faculty level ARE reports are considered at the joint meeting of Academic Committee and Learning and Teaching Committee in the Autumn of each Academic Year. 

Data Sources

From 2015-16, core data to support ARE will be provided via My Hope.

 

A Staff Guide is available to walk you through the system

 

It is anticipated that this will be available circa July 7th, following completion of all internal examination and associated processes. 

 

 

 

Support and Advice

Understanding ARE and Departmental Review sessions are held as part of the professional development programme run by Personnel.  

Please contact the SAQA Dr Katherine Birch (ext. 3791) or your FEO for 1:1 advice.