ELIR reviews are carried out by a team of at least four reviewers: one student reviewer, two senior UK-based academic reviewers and one coordinating reviewer.
ELIR 4 places much greater emphasis on contextualising the review than previous versions of the method. This means that, while the institution still carries out a holistic evaluation of its strategy, policy and practice in relation to quality assurance and enhancement, the review will focus on those areas where there is likely to be greatest benefit to the institution.
The institution undergoing ELIR submits a self-evaluation document called a Reflective Analysis (RA). The ELIR team uses this document and initial meetings with staff and students to develop themes for exploration during the review visits. These themes relate to the contextualised areas identified by the institution and five broad areas of institutional activity:
- contextual information about the institution, student population and the review
- enhancing the student learning experience
- strategy and practice for enhancing learning and teaching
- academic standards and quality processes
- collaborative provision.
At the end of the review, the ELIR team produces an Outcome report (setting out the threshold judgment, the differentiated commendations and recommendations and providing outline information about the nature of the institution) and a more detailed Technical report.