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