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Preparing for QAA review

What is the student submission?

For universities and colleges going through a QAA review, the student submission is an opportunity for students, to give the QAA review team an impression of what it is like to be a student at that institution. It also expresses how students' views are incorporated into the decision-making and quality assurance processes of the university or college.

The student submission is often a written document although it can be in alternative formats, and uses student opinion, surveys and feedback to discuss students' views on certain key areas, which are all detailed in the student guidance below.

The student submission is a key document to be considered during the review process.

What is a lead student representative? 

A lead student representative (LSR) is appointed by the representative student body of the university or college undergoing QAA review. 

This important role provides students with more direct involvement with the operation of the review process itself. It also enables the LSR to provide a crucial link to the students in the university or college so that the review team can have more direct and wider access to the students' points of view. QAA will be flexible about the expectations of the role, but envisages that normally the LSR will:

  • receive copies of key correspondence from QAA
  • attend the first and the final meetings between the review team and the university or college
  • liaise internally with the institutional facilitator to ensure smooth communications between the student body and the university or college during the review process
  • disseminate information about the review to the student body
  • organise or oversee the writing of the student submission

Guidance for lead student representatives and students preparing a student submission

Further information

Visit Reviews and Reports in order to understand the different review methods undertaken by QAA, and to find specific student reviewer related guidance for each method.