Education Action Planning

Overview

The Education Action Plan (EAP) is a core component of the University’s Quality Assurance (QA) framework.  It is a live, iterative document that records the school’s educational priorities and actions that have been identified to address these, and other issues that arise from annual, periodic, and ongoing QA mechanisms. All schools must maintain an EAP document and this forms the basis of the annual University Quality Team review, and the Periodic Programme Revalidation. The EAP Diagram (PDF, 264kB) shows how the EAP relates to the the annual QA cycle.

As part of the EAP process schools must carry out a two-stage review of their taught units and programmes, and a research stage review of postgraduate research programmes including any programmes that are part of a Doctoral Training Entity (DTE).  This 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.

The outcomes from these annual reviews must be captured in the EAP document. For further information on conducting annual review 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?

As well as the three educational priority areas, 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, 115kB) and the EAP Process (PDF, 104kB) 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 2020/21

Late July - August Combined Stage-one and Stage-two for undegraduate and Stage-two for PGT reviews take place 
September 30th  Deadline for the Taught and PGR EAP to be updated with Priority Areas and actions arising from Stage-one and Stage-two Reviews
October  University Quality Team Review cycle commences
December - February  PGT stage-two annual programme review takes place
March 30th
EAP to be updated following PGT stage two review, and PGR annual review

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