Education Action Planning

Overview

School Education Action Plans, maintained by Schools, are live, iterative documents used to track actions and monitor progress of all aspects of the Quality Framework. This includes an internal two-stage review of units and programmes, and review of PGR which gives schools the framework to reflect on all aspects of their teaching in a timely manner as it provides the opportunity to:

  1. reflect upon the effectiveness of programmes considering feedback from external examiners, students and staff and
  2. consider and plan any subsequent change in order to improve the quality of the programmes.

All schools must maintain an EAP document, which is one of the central elements of the University's quality assurance and enhancement (QA&E) framework. The EAP Diagram (PDF, 264kB) shows how EAP document relates to this framework.

As part of the EAP process schools must carry out a two-stage review of their taught programmes, and a research stage review of postgraduate research programmes including any programmes that are part of a Doctoral Training Entity (DTE). The outcomes from these annual reviews must be captured in the EAP document. This gives schools the opportunity to reflect on all aspects of their taught and research programmes in a timely manner. For further information please see Annual Review of Programmes.

Where can I find my school's Education Action Plan? 

Education Action Plans are held in the QA Framework Documents SharePoint site

What goes into the Education Action Plan document?

Schools should include relevant actions relating to its education provision arising from the following:

How often should the EAP be updated?

The EAP is a live iterative document, and so it’s important that schools keep it updated regularly in terms of progress with existing actions. The template allows a space for the date the action was last updated to be provided. The EAP should also be kept up to date with any new actions arising through any of the events listed above, as appropriate.

Schools should update the EAP after the Stage-1 and Stage-2 meetings, and after the research  meeting, when the University will access the templates for a health-check on progress which will inform the annual reports to Academic Quality and Standards Committee. The FQT also access the EAP templates from February. The school should also aim to have the templates updated in time to feed into the school University level meetings, which will take place during November and December. 

Please use the EAP Policy (PDF, 146kB) when preparing for and completing your stage one and two reviews. The EAP for each school must be updated and saved in the centrally-held shared folder.

How does the EAP integrate with the Education and Student Experience section of the IPP Thumbnail?

Actions and priority areas that are identified through regular quality assurance mechanisms including student surveys and TEF metrics, are recorded in the school’s Education Action Plan (EAP). Actions in the EAP should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Priority areas should be more strategic covering larger themes but must be linked to  actions which specify how these will be addressed. Actions that require resourcing input from the Faculty should be recorded in the EAP, describing how the school intends to take forward resourcing requests with the faculty.

The Integrated Planning Process (IPP) thumbnail is a strategic, forward looking overview of the school’s direction over the next four years. The thumbnail is not supposed to be comprehensive and remains an iterative document of the school’s strategic direction.  It can be used to flag resourcing issues that have been raised with the faculty, which may have also been recorded in the EAP.

There is a two-way flow of action and prioritisation between the school's IPP thumbnail and its EAP. EAP priority areas may usefully inform the Education and Student Experience section of the thumbnail. Strategic priorities relating to Education and Student Experience that have been identified in the IPP thumbnail may translate into actions that are recorded on the EAP.

The Planning Office and AQPO can provide further generic advice about integration between EAP and IPP. However, please contact the School Manager if you require advice about specific school priorities.

Key dates in 2019/20

Stage one meetings (UG and PGT) –  by 31st July

Stage two meetings (UG) –  by 30th September

Update the Education Action Plan template (all levels) with priority areas - by 30th September 

Stage two meetings (PGT) – to be completed by March 2020

Research Stage meetings - to be completed by March 2020

* Schools will also be invited to provide an updated EAP in advance of review by the University Quality Team where that will be required; this date will be communicated at the start of each academic year.

If you have any queries about the EAP process please email aqpo-info@bristol.ac.uk.