Thematic Reviews are an open review to enhance practice across the Institution in a strategic area. They evaluate the strategic direction and performance of the theme across the University, to assess the area of work and its operation and to ensure appropriate quality assurance and enhancement arrangements are in place. The review will be concerned with both ‘fitness of purpose’ and ‘fitness for purpose’. Thematic reviews will normally take place once per year and the programme of themes for review will be determined by UTLC/URC.
Thematic reviews allow close scrutiny of key areas and their operation across the University to allow attention to detail, and to links between different units, that other quality assurance processes may not produce. The aim of thematic reviews is to evaluate the area under consideration in relationship to university, service and School mission statements, aims and objectives, strategic plans and the external environment.
Thematic reviews will focus on an area’s relationship, as appropriate to the theme being reviewed, with:
The documentation submitted to thematic review panels should utilise existing documents wherever possible but should include the following:
Thematic review panels are appointed to act on behalf of the Senate and report to it. The chair of the panel will normally be a senior academic member of staff. Full panel membership will be established by the Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance), in consultation with the panel chair and will be approved by the PVC (Teaching and Learning)/ (Research & Enterprise). External membership of the panel will reflect the nature of the theme under consideration.
In addition to the chair, panels must normally comprise at least:
The Assistant Registrar (Quality Assurance) will circulate the documentation for consideration by the panel. The panel may hold a pre-meeting to draw up a list of issues for consideration during the thematic review, a draft programme and allocation of responsibilities.
The programme for each review is determined by the chair of the panel and the Assistant Registrar in consultation with members of the panel and will normally include:
A detailed report of the event containing conclusions and recommendations will be produced and approved by the panel. The final report and its recommendations will be submitted to UTLC/URC for consideration and further action if necessary.
In addition to recommendations made by the report. Schools or Services may be requested to prepare a report on the actions taken in response to the findings of the review. Responses must be submitted to UTLC/URC within one calendar year of the review