A systematic approach to monitoring performance, evaluating outcomes and recommending and implementing improvements is central to quality management and continuous improvement. Reviews are a key mechanism for this purpose. Reviews have a dual purpose in the assurance of quality and as an essential mechanism for quality enhancement.
In addition, the University is subject to many forms of external review and audit process, including those initiated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and by professional accreditation bodies.
Approved by the University Council in April 2011, the Reviews Policy outlines the University's approach to ensuring a robust, efficient and effective system for the management and implementation of reviews. The Reviews Policy applies to all organisational units, all staff and all functions of the University.
At UTAS, reviews must be:
They must also have the potential to lead to meaningful and worthwhile change.
Implementation of the Reviews Policy involves three key bodies working in partnership:
Reviews procedures, guidelines and templates are currently being redeveloped.
The University maintains a Register of Reviews. Receipt of a report of a review process is followed by careful assessment of the conclusions and recommendations by the responsible body. Approved recommendations are normally implemented through action plans and are subject to follow-up reports on outcomes achieved. Commissioning bodies maintain records of reviews commissioned, progress and outcomes achieved.
Terms of reference, reports and implementation plans from a selection of reviews can be accessed here: Reviews Terms of Reference, Reports and Implementation Plans.
Advice on review processes and procedures is available from:
Dr Peter Colbourne
Manager, Quality Processes and Improvement
Telephone: +61 3 6226 7407
Authorised by the Provost
13 October, 2011