A TEF for Ireland?

With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU.

We have:

  • Annual Programme reviews (APRs)
  • Periodic Programme reviews (PPRs)
  • External Examiner Reports
  • School (department) Quality Reviews
  • Faculty Quality Reviews
  • Professional / Accreditation Reviews (where demanded by external bodies)
  • School Advisory Panels (typically initiated by schools themselves)
  • Student Surveys of Teaching (mandatory)
  • Student Representation on Programme Boards
  • Student Representation on Faculty Teaching Committee
  • Student Representation on Academic Council and University Standards Committee
  • Mandatory feedback (including viewing of scripts)  on exam results (when requested by student)

In addition we have the Irish Survey of Student Engagement

That seems like quite enough to me.

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About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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