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Student Quality Reviewers work with UCL to take an in-depth look at different areas of academic practice. They help to improve how the university works by providing detailed feedback and analysis from a student perspective.

What would I do?

As a Student Quality Reviewer, you’ll have a chance to look ‘behind the scenes’ at how different parts of UCL run, develop a new expertise and transferable skills, and work closely with senior UCL staff. And if you meet all the role requirements, you’ll receive a stipend of £150! Student Quality Reviewers will have the opportunity to take part in five different areas of review, depending on your flexibility and what you’re most interested in. Whatever you choose, we’ll train and support you to make sure you have the expertise to get stuck in.

Taking part in the Student Quality Reviewer scheme gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at:

  • an academic department by acting as a Student Reviewer for an Internal Quality Review; a two-day panel review of a department. Each department undergoes one every five years.
  • teaching by acting as a Student Reviewer of Teaching Practice, working with teaching staff to discuss and reflect on their teaching practice.
  • new programmes at UCL by acting as a Student Reviewer for the Programme and Module Approval Panel, which scrutinises new programmes before they’re launched.
  • how departments use institutional data to create change by being an ASER Facilitator during the Annual Student Experience Review, ensuring the student perspective is included on action and development plans, making recommendations for change and helping develop a student-staff partnership project.
  • the inclusivity of curricula, by acting as a Student Curriculum Partner, and providing a student view on how teaching can include more diverse perspectives.
  • gaining a greater understanding and insights about assessment at UCL by working with departments taking part in a pilot to Transform the Experience of Students Through Assessment.

What kind of time commitment is involved?

The different areas you can get involved in as a Student Quality Reviewer have differing time commitments. Initially, you will need to complete several hours training to take up the role. The different areas should each involve around 15-20 hours of work overall. In some areas this is spread out over time, and in other areas this may involve fewer, lengthier sessions. There should be a Student Quality Reviewer role to suit everyone’s timetable.

Activities part of Student Quality Reviewers:

IQR Reviewers

IQR stands for Internal Quality Review, a UCL process in which a panel of senior members of UCL staff and academic specialists review academic departments every 5 years. The panel will examine practice within the department and issue recommendations about how the department could better meet UCL’s policies and procedures and grow areas of excellence. The review takes around a day and a half, and there will be a half-day meeting of panel before this to agree lines of questioning based on the documents the department will provide you with. 

Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice

Students Reviewers of teaching practice have discussions with staff about their teaching, based on a minimum of 3 hour’s worth of teaching observations and review of an assignment brief and a Moodle course. These discussions provide a chance for reflection and review about the staff member’s teaching practice and the learning experience of students on the course. Staff benefit from having the perspective of a student, which particularly provides insights into how engaging their teaching is. Students have enjoyed focusing on the process of learning and also valued the opportunity of meeting staff who are genuinely motivated to improving the experience of students. Activities are agreed between the student-staff pairing and spread out across one term. There is an initial briefing session and full support from the UCL ChangeMakers team throughout. 

New Programme and Module Reviewers

This role will mean acting as a member of PMAP (Programme and Module Approval Panel) meetings, taking an in-depth look at new proposals and looking at whether they are ready to go, or whether more work is required. These meetings last for around two hours, and you’ll need to attend 2-3 meetings during the year, working with other students to make sure you swap thoughts on the paperwork and that one of you can be available to take part in the panel and feed back. You’ll also be able to access support from the Students’ Union to help interpret and understand the paperwork you’ll receive throughout the year should you need it.

ASER Facilitators

UCL is committed to enhancing the student experience through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER). ASER Facilitators play a key role in facilitating between different voices in the department to make recommendations for change and promoting practices that encourage students and staff to work together to make a change. This involves collecting data, usually through focus groups, where various issues are explored with students in the department, framed by conversations had with staff and course reps. The role culminates in working with students and staff in the department to develop and run a partnership project tackling a specific and agreed change in the department.

Student Curriculum Partners

Student Curriculum Partners will play a key role in enhancing the inclusivity of the curriculum, particularly in relation to race and ethnicity. They’ll review curriculum materials, such as course handbooks, module guides and reading lists, using the guidance of a corresponding framework. You will then come together with your fellow Student Curriculum Partners to share you findings as a group with programme staff. 

TESTA@UCL Student Partner

UCL is committed to improving assessment and feedback as part of the Education Strategy. TESTA stands for Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment and it is being piloted at UCL at programme level. TESTA@UCL Student Partners will work closely with the TESTA team and departments participating in the pilot. The role will involve acting as a facilitator between the team, student reps and participating departments; speaking to students in departments about their assessment and feedback; co-leading focus groups with students to gain insights into attitudes to assessment and feedback in their areas; and feeding back at the end of the process with recommendations and commendations. For this pilot, the majority of the work will take place in term 2.

How do I sign up?

Applications for 2019-20 are now open . If you would like to be involved please register here.