The role of Student Reviewer at UCC
Within the Irish university sector, the participation of students as full Panel Members on Quality Peer Review Panels is unique to UCC. The role of Student Reviewer was first introduced within the internal quality review process of UCC in 2014 and to this day, provides a vital contribution to realising UCC’s mission of delivering “a student-centred, inclusive and digitally enhanced learning environment, a Connected Curriculum and an outstanding student experience, to prepare UCC graduates to make a positive impact.” (UCC Strategic Plan 2023 - 2028, Goal 2: Student Success).
The student voice and perspective are crucial to the ongoing quality enhancement of UCC professional practices in education, research and support activities and services. To find out more, click here; The role of Student Reviewer at UCC
What is a Quality Review?
A quality review is a cyclical process that aims to assess the overall quality of a unit under review (e.g. a School, Department, Professional Services Unit and so on) through distinct review phases;
The unit under review engages in a thorough self-evaluate process to assess its own strategic alignment with the University, its structures and practices at every level. The output from this stage is a Self-Evaluation Report (SER) for the Peer Review Panel to read.
Peer Review Panel Site Visit + Report
The Peer Review Panel, having reviewed the unit’s SER, pay visits to the unit under review and engages in peer dialogue and further discovery of the Unit so that it can support its quality enhancement efforts
Following its site visit, the Peer Review Panel produces a Report containing key commendations of existing good practices within the reviewed unit and recommendations for further improvement, in line with inter/national good practices, current policy expectations and quality standards
Quality Enhancement Plan
The unit under review prepares a detailed plan to implement the Panel’s recommendations and shares it with the university community, so pursuing the ongoing enhancement of its professional practices and services
This meeting is held to document and further support the occurring progress with the implementation of the plan by the unit under review.
What is Quality? A student perspective
What is a Student Reviewer expected to do?
- Critically evaluate a unit’s Self-Evaluation Report and discuss key arising issues with fellow Peer Reviewers
- Exercise leadership to effecting positive outcomes for students and appraise fellow panel members on student (and other) issues
- Actively participate in the site visit as a Peer Review Panel member
- Contribute to the final Quality Enhancement Report by the Panel
- Critically reflect on the experience and provide constructive feedback to the Quality Enhancement Unit