Institutional review

The Quality Assurance Agency Scotland (QAA Scotland) carries out enhancement-led reviews of all higher education institutions in Scotland. A new enhancement-led external institutional quality review method is currently being developed and will be delivered in two phases.

Phase 1 comprises the Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) and Institutional Liaison Meeting (ILM) and will take place in 2022-23 and 2023-24.

Phase 2 is under development and will be implemented in 2024-25, coinciding with the anticipated implementation of the Scottish Funding Council’s Tertiary Quality Framework.

The University’s ILM is scheduled for January 2023 and its QESR is in January 2024. 

Previously, the external review process used by QAA Scotland was the Enhancement-led Institution Review (ELIR) which was carried out on a five-yearly cycle. The fourth iteration of the ELIR process (ELIR 4) ran from 2017-22. The University’s ELIR 4 review was held in 2020 and key documents relating to the review can be found below.