Within the Irish university sector, the participation of students as full Panel Members on Quality Peer Review Panels is unique to UCC. The “Quality Peer Reviewer” Digital Badge is the University’s and the QEU’s way of acknowledging the valuable contribution of individual students to quality enhancement at UCC. Furthermore, it highlights the institution’s commitment to advancing key quality objectives, in line with Goal 1 of the University’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022: “to deliver an outstanding, student-centred teaching and learning experience with a renewed, responsive and research-led curriculum at its core.”
Micro-credentials, or digital badges, are being offered in most of the world’s top ranked universities as students increasingly seek recognition for non-accredited extra-curricular contributions made during their studies. The badges refer directly to the university’s seven essential values of Creativity, Responsiveness, Transparency, Scholarship, Freedom of Expression, Integrity, Equality, Diversity and Respect. The “Quality Peer Reviewer” digital badge has been formally approved by the Academic Development & Standards Committee (ADSC) of the University.