Quality management

Peer review and observation

Peer review

We expect academic staff with teaching responsibilities to undertake peer review of teaching every two years.  Peer review of teaching is a developmental and confidential process in which teaching staff share parts of their teaching practice with a colleague in order to inform and enhance their own practice.   Departments report a summary of peer review activity to their Faculty Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee annually.  Guidance on the setting up of peer review schemes is provided by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office.

Peer observation

If you are new to teaching or on probation you will be expected to be observed teaching by a senior colleague.   Peer observation may be both developmental and / or summative in nature.  Human Resources provides a checklist for recording the outcome of peer observation which should be used where evidence of peer observation is required to pass probation.  Evidence of satisfactory observations may also be required for academic staff seeking promotion.  The requirements for staff on probation or seeking promotion are set out in Career Progression in the Education and Research job family - principles and framework.

For full details of the University's expectations for the peer observation and peer review of teaching, see QA9.