QAA is introducing a new series of case studies to enable our subscribing institutions to share good and innovative practice and to have their practice externally recognised. The programme responds to the changing arrangements for quality assessment across the UK and will supersede our
existing good practice case studies, which we invited from providers who received commended judgements under Higher Education Review. It will provide an opportunity for subscribing institutions to showcase good practice that has been endorsed by expert peers and to share learning for the benefit of student experience.
We are now piloting the new programme this summer, choosing topics of interest that have come up regularly through our liaison interaction. Following evaluation of the pilot, we hope to introduce the programme as a regular feature of our subscription services.
We are therefore inviting providers to
submit short case studies on a number of topics. Case studies will be peer reviewed and, as a result, good practice and innovative approaches will be selected and then
shared exclusively with subscribers.
What is good practice?
We are using the long-standing definition of good practice used in our review work. It is a process or way of working that makes a particularly positive contribution to academic standards and the quality and/or enhancement of the learning opportunities, which would be helpful for other institutions to hear about.
What is an innovative approach?
We are also introducing a category for innovative approaches to quality assurance to recognise the potential contribution of new ways of quality assuring provision. While such approaches may not have yet had time to be sufficiently embedded to demonstrate the level of impact of good practice, innovative approaches may offer solutions or improvements to new or existing needs that are of wider interest to the sector.
How will it work?
We will be using a panel of experienced QAA reviewers and, where appropriate, sector experts to identify case studies that are of particular merit and of benefit to the sector. The reviewers will undertake a desk-based analysis before coming together as a panel to discuss their recommendations and to decide which case studies will be selected. We will build a new collection of case studies that will be made available exclusively to QAA's subscribing institutions.
What are the topics for the pilot?
- Quality assurance of apprenticeships involving higher education
Good practice in enterprise and entrepreneurship education
Innovative approaches to programme approval and validation
Please note, for the purposes of the pilot we are using programme approval to mean a formal process by which a programme is agreed to be offered for study by students. This may be the process of formal approval by the degree-awarding body and/or the process undertaken internally by a partner institution as appropriate. Some providers may use the term validation for this process or may use this term to refer to the event which forms the end point of the approval process. All these areas qualify for the case study topic.
How to prepare your case study
Institutions are welcome to submit case studies to more than one topic and to submit more than one case study per topic.
Please keep your submission to no more than three pages of A4 or around 1,500 words. We suggest you structure your case study around the following headings:
This section should include information about the institution, to place the case study within its context, and the factors which led to the development of the good/innovative practice. [200 words]
2. Description of good/innovative practice
Explain how the good practice arose, how it is managed, what its aims are, how it actually operates in practice and how it is making a difference. [800 words]
3. Key features ensuring success
Identify what, in the institution’s view, are the key factors which led to the success of the practice. [200 words]
Explain how the practice has been, or will be, evaluated. Where evaluation has taken place, summarise the main points of the evaluation, mentioning the evidence base for the findings. Mention also any risks or needs for further development which have been identified. [300 words]
Please remember to include a contact name and contact details, and to clearly identify your institution in each submission.
Note that case studies selected by the reviewers for publication will be published in the form in which they are received, so please do ensure that your submission is written as you would wish it to be published.
How to submit your case study
You can submit your case studies anytime before Friday 7 July. Please use one of the following email addresses depending on the topic:
Quality assurance of degree/higher apprenticeships:
Good practice in enterprise and entrepreneurship:
Innovative approaches to programme approval/validation:
Please send your case studies as separate emails if you have more than one, and identify your institution in the filename of your submission.