External referencing is an important element of the quality assurance and quality enhancement activities of the University and is a required activity to meet the Higher Education Standards.
For example, learning outcomes should be benchmarked with national and international comparators; comprehensive course reviews need to include regular external referencing against comparable courses of study [progression, attrition, completion] and assessment methods and grading.
The range of external referencing processes is complex, and the processes occur at different levels and in different areas of the University
A Framework for External Referencing describes external referencing across the scope of University activities. This framework outlines the six categories of external referencing: desktop audits; referencing against standards; data comparison; external peer review (unit level); external peer review (course level); and benchmarking.
The Peer Review Portal is a support mechanism for external referencing which supports, connects and advances peer review. See https://www.peerreviewportal.com
Peer review of teaching (including peer review of assessment) is recognised as an important contributor to the ongoing evaluation and enhancement of learning and teaching, as well as a process to recognise excellence.
Find more information about opportunities and processes for peer review.
Benchmarking is essentially a tool for improving performance. It is a 'quality process' used to compare the performance of like organisations.
Find information about opportunities and processes for benchmarking.