Student Participation in Program and Organisational Unit Reviews

Student involvement in the review of a university program or school, alongside discipline experts in a partnership capacity, is a vital aspect of our processes.

The University regularly reviews its programs and school functions to ensure students are offered a distinctive high quality education.

Student panel representatives

Review panels ordinarily comprise a senior discipline academic from another institution, a senior academic from the University of Adelaide, from a discipline other than the one being reviewed, two student members, and occasionally, a senior industry leader.

Panel members speak to a range of stakeholders (including students and alumni) to inform potential program improvements for current and future student cohorts.

  • Benefits

    The benefits for participating students include:

    • having an opportunity to inform future developments of your program
    • acquiring a greater understanding of how the University functions
    • gaining exposure to a wide range of potentially influential individuals in your field
    • honing professional communication skills in formal and informal situations (including attendance at a complimentary dinner)
    • receiving formal recognition of participation and involvement
    • being able to attribute the hours invested in the review towards the Adelaide Graduate Award, or Career and Research Skills Training (if you are undertaking either)
  • Eligibility

    Student panel members on program reviews:

    • may be enrolled currently in the program under review, or will have graduated very recently from the award program
    • must have completed at least 36 units of study prior to the commencement of the review
    • must be making satisfactory academic progress

    School review panels:

    • require an undergraduate student or a postgraduate coursework student undertaking a program offered by the school (either currently enrolled or recently graduated); and an HDR candidate (or very recent graduate) whose main supervisor is a member of staff of the school under review
    • The undergraduate student member
      • must have completed at least 36 units of study prior to the commencement of the review
      • must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Conditions

    Student panel members need to:

    • be willing to participate on an entirely voluntary and unpaid basis
    • complete a confidentiality agreement
    • participate in the review for the duration scheduled
    • attend an induction, pre-read review material and provide feedback on the final report
  • Capabilities

    Student panel members are expected to:

    • show tact and diplomacy in dealing with people
    • respectfully interact with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
    • build trust in relationships through maintaining confidentiality and keeping commitments
    • show flexibility in coping with multiple and changing priorities
    • provide ideas for improvement and constructive input into change initiatives
    • accomplish shared goals through accepting joint responsibility
    • provide appropriate information, support and encouragement to enable successful task completion
  • Availability

    The tentative schedule for the 2020 program reviews.

    Example of a review timetable is:

    Program review
    In 2020 meetings will be held via Zoom at various times during one specific week. Discussions / report writing and stakeholder forum will be held later in the week.

Student perspectives during the review process

  • Thirty minute sessions are scheduled for confidential, informal student group discussions
  • No specific preparation is required
  • Topics may relate to areas of interest arising from the Terms of Reference and material gathered
  • Student participant names are not released in the report and student details are redacted from any written submissions provided
  • Some examples of the questions students may be asked are included in the sample review panel questions
  • All students who participate receive a formal letter of acknowledgement for their valuable contribution to University governance
  • Further information on the review process

Scheduled student interviews

Review Date and Time Contact
School of Education
Friday 8 October 2021 @ 11.50am - 12.10pm
Executive Officer:
Angela Alessi
School of Biological Sciences Friday 22 October 2021 @ 10.10am - 10.40am Executive Officer:
Dr Gaynor Dolman

Contact us

For general enquiries please contact Learning and Quality Support, email or phone
8313 5754.

If you would like to be notified when your current program or school is being reviewed, please email your name, student ID and program details to Learning and Quality Support.

Details of all reviews to be held in 2021.