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With ever-increasing demands for greater rigour and transparency in evaluating widening participation and equity initiatives in higher education, there is an ongoing need to improve evaluation practice and build the skills and knowledge of staff to undertake effective evaluation work.

Peer evaluation can help by providing external feedback and objectivity from colleagues with similar challenges and expertise – enabling improved practice, transparency and accountability. It also can increase capacity and consistency by fostering a collaborative culture based on reciprocal feedback.

This project developed a pilot Peer Evaluation approach which could be adopted by others in the sector to develop evaluation evidence on access, success and progression provision designed to improve student experience – in particular for those students from under-represented groups.  

The recommendations and resources from this project includes:

  • Guidelines developed by the team to support those interested in developing or maintaining peer evaluation systems
  • An executive summary that shares highlights from the main final report
  • The full final project report that gives an overview of the pilot peer evaluation course, feedback on the peer evaluation review process, recommendations and how these were taken forward
  • The pilot peer evaluation course outline
  • Slides from the online launch event

Project outputs

The project team developed guidelines to support organisations in commissioning or participating in peer review evaluation. You can access the guidelines below, which also include several useful templates for developing and evaluating your own peer review approaches.

Peer Evaluation Guidelines 2024: Strengthening evaluation practice and evidence-based decision making in higher education

Publication date: 09 Apr 2024

The final report shares full details of the project, including an overview of the pilot peer evaluation course that the team ran. It considers the challenges and opportunities that using peer review brings. You can also access the executive summary to get a quick overview of the key points from the final report.

NERUPI Peer Evaluation Pilot Project: Final report

Publication date: 09 Apr 2024

NERUPI Peer Evaluation Pilot Project: Executive summary

Publication date: 09 Apr 2024

Download the curriculum outline of the pilot course that the project team ran to consider whether similar training could apply to your provider.

Peer Evaluation Course: Curriculum Outline

Publication date: 09 Apr 2024

View the slides from this project’s launch event, where Annette Hayton, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath, presented the findings from this project at an online event in March 2024.

Presentation: Developing a Pilot Peer Evaluation System

Publication date: 09 Apr 2024

Project lead: University of Bath


Project partners: NERUPI Network, Bath Spa University, HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker), London School of Economics, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Derby, University of East Anglia and University of Kent

Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.