Academic departments at Royal Holloway, and partners involved with collaborative programmes, undergo a formal review approximately every five to six years (or before the end of the institutional contract with a third party, for collaborative provision). The purpose of the review is:
- to supplement the annual review process by performing a reasonable test of its effectiveness in each department and faculty, and by creating a periodic opportunity for more fundamental scrutiny of departmental provision for students, using external expertise to recognise, and identify opportunities for, enhancement;
- to test and explore the implementation of institutional policy and strategy in departments;
- to gather evidence in order for the College to assure itself of the academic standard and quality of the programmes and learning environment;
- to relate current and future plans for teaching, learning and assessment in the department to the College’s strategic planning process
The current review process covers all aspects of academic provision for undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research students in the department, including those on collaborative, distance-learning and international programmes of the University of London. Areas of scrutiny broadly include curriculum design, delivery and assessment; the management of teaching at departmental level; teaching qualifications and teaching-related CPD of academic staff; research training and supervision; learning resources and support; department finances; the relationship between teaching and research and arrangements for the review and enhancement of provision. The review does not take account of staff research activity per se except inasmuch as this has bearing on the development of a departmental research culture, of which research students are necessarily a part. Similarly, departmental planning is considered only in the context of student provision.
The current process is under review. Further details will be provided following Academic Board approval of the proposed new methodology.