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.


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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