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Review activities are an integral part of the University's approach to quality assurance. The review process follows the University's Quality Assurance Planning and Budgeting, Implementation, Review and Improvement (PIRI) cycle.

Core Principles

The general principles that underpin the University's approach to Reviews are:

  • The University is committed to the review and evaluation of its activities as an integral part of its quality assurance processes.
  • Reviews are primarily directed towards addressing University priorities established in the context of its strategic direction.
  • The review process requires critical self-evaluation and should encourage local participation.
  • Reviews will be conducted in a clear and orderly manner, with public and transparent processes.
  • Discussions and submissions will be treated with discretion and confidentiality.
  • There will be regular evaluation of the review processes.

Types of Reviews

Centrally-managed Reviews

Overall responsibility for the review process rests with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic).

Centrally-managed reviews include Program Reviews (which focus on coursework programs) and Organisational Unit Reviews. Administrative and Para-academic unit reviews are overseen and managed by the relevant Divisional Head.

Type of Review Unit of Review (Focus) Overseen By Managed By
Program Reviews
Academic Programs Academic Program (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Programs) PVC(SL)* Learning & Quality Support
Organisational Unit Reviews
Academic Units School (performance, management, structure, resources, facilities and plans of Academic Units). Research centres and research institutes may also be included. PVC(SL)* Learning & Quality Support
Administrative and Para-Academic Units Non-Academic Units/Branches (quality of services that support academic activities) Divisional Heads

* Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning)

Locally-managed Reviews

Responsibility for locally-managed reviews rests within the senior managers of Faculties/Schools (e.g. Executive Deans, Heads of School). Such reviews are supported directly by the local academic area. These reviews may focus on courses, ongoing monitoring of academic programs, and other activities of an individual Faculty/School.

Templates and information on Course Reviews are available on this website.

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

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