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In Scotland institutions carry out internal reviews themselves at subject or programme levels. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) provides guidance for institutions. Each institution decides on the nature of these institution-led reviews but some of the features are the same across the sector. This includes the use of trained reviewers and the involvement of external review panel members.

QAA manage external reviews of institutions through the Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) process. Part of that process is to examine how comprehensive and robust an institution's subject review processes are.

The aim of this Focus On project was to support institutions in the following areas:

  1. engaging students in ILR
  2. optimising the links between annual monitoring and ILR
  3. aligning Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) and ILR requirements
  4. consideration of the unit of review
  5. the use of data to support ILR
  6. conducting thematic reviews
  7. review of postgraduate provision.


We have also published an ELIR Thematic report on ILR and a summary of current practice in the Scottish sector.

Approaches to Institution-led Review: Thematic Report on ELIR Reports 2012-16

Publication date: 04 Sep 2017

Approaches to Institution-Led Review (ILR): Current practice in the Scottish sector

Publication date: 19 Apr 2018

Dissemination event

We ran an event in January 2017 to enable institutions to share good practice on topics relating to ILR. Materials from this event can be found below.​​​

Further information

Focus On: Institution-led Review (ILR) Leaflet

Publication date: 19 Apr 2018

Want to know more?

If you would like further information or would like to join the Focus On mailing list, please email QAA Scotland.

Institution-led Review (ILR) dialogue sheet

Publication date: 19 Apr 2018