Annual Reflection

Annual Reflection on learning and teaching is one of the ways in which the University assures the quality of taught programmes and the student experience. It is a key mechanism for assuring the University’s Senate about the quality of taught programmes of study.


What is ‘Annual Reflection’?

What is ‘Annual Reflection’?
The Annual Reflection process has two primary purposes:

  • External: To ensure that the University is able to provide external assurances regarding the quality of its programmes and to meet the regulatory requirements specified by the OfS as a condition of registration.
  • Internal: To support departments in identifying, addressing and tracking areas for improvement leading to effective action, and to surface good practice. This goes beyond compliance and supports the enhancement of the quality of our academic offer.


What is the process?

The Academic Programmes Office provides each department with a folder containing an agenda for its Annual Reflection meeting, data relating to the department, and details of any areas to be explored.

Each year, the Academic Programmes Office will provide information including a data dashboard that will allow departments to interrogate data locally ahead of the Annual Reflection meeting.

The dashboard data will include:

  • Entry Profiles
  • Enrolments & Withdrawals
  • Attainment (First Degree)
  • Good Honours
  • NSS headlines

Further information provided will include:

  • NSS reports
  • NSS Text based comments
  • Progression reports
  • Annual monitoring form for collaborative provision (where applicable)
  • External Examiners’ Reports

Data on PGT programmes will be largely internally focused, as these programmes are not currently subject to external performance measures, such as NSS, Access and Participation monitoring, etc.


What support will be available

Support for Annual Reflection will come primarily from the Academic Programmes and Quality Adviser (APQA), who will:

  • Identify areas for discussion, drawing on the above data, and share these in advance of the meeting.
  • Capture actions agreed during the meeting and share these back with the department within 10 working days of the meeting.
  • Capture arrangements for monitoring progress against agreed actions.
  • Discuss any support needs the department may have in relation to the above.

What happens after the meetings?

Departments will be asked to ‘sign off’ on the action notes produced by the APQA. These will be included in a report to the relevant Faculty Learning & Teaching Committee (FLTC), highlighting actions agreed across the faculty, common themes, and areas that the faculty may wish to explore in more detail. Reports will also be seen by the University's Quality Scrutiny Committee (QSC), reporting through to Senate Learning and Teaching Committee..

The APQA will follow up with the department during the year in relation to progress against any actions agreed. It is intended that APQAs maintain an ongoing dialogue with departments about priority learning and teaching activities.

Departments may also wish to explore the outcomes of annual reflection as part of local planning round meetings.