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QAA announces advisory groups for upcoming Subject Benchmark Statement reviews

Date: April 22 - 2021

QAA is pleased to announce that it has confirmed and published the membership of the new Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS) review advisory groups.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They are used as reference points in the design, delivery and review of academic programmes.

QAA leads the development of the Subject Benchmark Statements and reviews them on a cyclical basis to ensure they are useful as possible for discipline communities. To ensure that the SBS reviews take into account a diverse and broad spectrum of intelligence, opinion and experience on the subject areas considered, each subject area under review has its own advisory group, comprising of members of the academic community, employers, professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) and students.

From this year onwards, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), enterprise and entrepreneurship, and accessibility for disabled students will be considered within the remit of the SBS reviews.

In 2021, QAA is reviewing the following subjects:

  • Archaeology
  • Architectural Technology
  • Chemistry (BSc and MSc/MSci/MChem)
  • Classics and Ancient History (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek)
  • Computing and Computing (Master's)
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy (BA &MA)
  • Criminology
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Housing Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies

For all full list of the SBS review advisory groups and their membership, visit the SBS review section of our website.

Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards at QAA, said ‘Our work on Subject Benchmark Statements provides a great opportunity to make a tangible difference across the sector at discipline level, ensuring the Statements evolve and continue adding value to the academic communities. The prospect of being able to champion inclusion, in particular, is exciting, especially the focus on supporting students to develop skills they will take with them into the workplace to help society become more inclusive of all lived experiences. We are very grateful to all of the colleagues who give their time to support this vital activity.’

Dr Andy Smith, Quality and Standards Manager at QAA, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with such a brilliant cross section of scholars, academics, students and employers on the next iteration of the Statements. Given the challenges facing higher education as the sector deals with the implications of the pandemic, this review cycle presents an opportunity to develop an inclusive, supportive and sustainable vision for subject communities that will future proof the Statements and allow them to act as an instrument for transformational change in the subjects.’