Annual Developmental Review

Academic Quality and Standards - Code of Practice on Annual and Periodic Developmental Review: Annual Developmental Review

The University requires each academic department to conduct an annual review of its teaching provision (undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes). At the end of the review, the department must produce a written evaluation report for scrutiny at College-level by the Academic Committee. A summary of the College Academic Committee's discussions and any recommendations it makes are reported to the University's Academic Policy Committee. This Committee has overall responsibility for the management of the Annual Developmental Review process and the assurance and enhancement of academic quality and standards across the University.

See Section A of the Code for more information about the Annual Developmental Review.

Review objectives:

Annual Developmental Review is a process designed to:

  • inform the development of academic policy
  • enhance the value of the learning opportunities provided to students
  • share good practice that encourages enhancement of the student experience
  • ensure the University fulfils its commitment to regularly review the quality of its teaching.

Annual Developmental Review complements Periodic Developmental Review. These processes are one of the main ways that the University satisfies itself that academic standards are being maintained across the institution.

The Review Process:

Step 1. The department monitors its teaching provision
Step 2. The department writes an annual developmental review report
Step 3.

The report is considered by the appropriate College Academic Committee (CAC)

CAC identify good practice within individual departments and highlight this to the Academic Policy Committee (APC)

Step 4.

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) receives a summary of the issues discussed

APC selects three examples of good practice within the University and shares this across the University departments

Step 5. APC provide a summary report and present it to Senate
Step 6. Remedies are identified at stages 1, 2, and 3 and implemented in response to issues raised.

Annual Developmental Review Reports and Templates:

Please observe the University's Guidelines on Annual Developmental Review when preparing your Department's report.

Annual Developmental Review Reports

Templates for Annual Developmental Review



Whilst departments are permitted to present the report in a suitable format for their needs, it is important that consistency is maintained across the institution.

Report Statistics:

Statistics for inclusion and analysis in departments’ reports are available from Business Objects. The Planning Office is able to provide further advice and support on how to use this.

Consideration of Reports:

Departments should ensure their report is ready in time for the College Academic Committee meeting designated for consideration of Annual Developmental Review reports. Contact the Committee secretary if this information is not known.

At the meeting, each departmental representative gives a short verbal accompaniment to their department's written report. This is followed by a general discussion by the Committee of any issues raised.

The Academic Policy Committee considers a summary of the issues discussed by each College Academic Committee.

Contact your College Academic Advisor, who is based in the Quality Office if you would like advice on the Annual Developmental Review process.

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