School review process and information

University School Reviews are carried out on a five or six yearly basis to assure the University that its schools are of a high quality in teaching and research and that they are working efficiently in terms of staffing and financial matters.

The review identifies areas for improvement and, where necessary provides schools with the appropriate support to make changes.

A review panel visits the school concerned,  meeting with staff and students. The panel also look at a range of documents, the most important being the self-evaluation document produced by the school. The panel is chaired by a Pro Vice-Chancellor and includes external members.

A report is agreed by the panel and forwarded to the Head of School, the Dean of Faculty and the University Planning and Resources Committee (UPARC) for action.

School Reviews (formerly Department Reviews) were previously co-ordinated by the Education Support Unit. They are now co-ordinated by the Strategic Planning and Governance Office. For more information please contact the Strategic Planning and Governance Office.

School Review Guidelines 

Schedule of School Reviews



Chair of Review Panel

Review Co-ordinator


Graduate School of Education

Professor Guy Orpen

Sophie Melton Bradley, Senior Governance Officer

21/22 November 2016


The Cabot Institute (University Research Institute)


Professor Nick Lieven


Sophie Melton Bradley, Senior Governance Officer

19/20 January 2017

School of Policy Studies

Professor Nishan Canagarajah


29/30 March 2017

School of Geographical Sciences

Professor Judith Squires

Sophie Melton Bradley, Senior Governance Officer

17/18 May 2017

School of Veterinary Sciences

Professor John Iredale

Lucy Barling, Senior Governance Officer

20/21 June 2017