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Annual Academic Monitoring

Annual Academic Monitoring (AAM) is a well-established component of the University calendar and is a crucial element of our procedures for the quality assurance and enhancement of learning and teaching at St Andrews. This regular monitoring of quality and standards is supplemented by a more thorough review, with external participation, every six years through a programme of University-led Reviews of Learning and Teaching.

The AAM process requires all Schools in the University to submit an annual report to the Academic Monitoring Group reflecting on their previous year's teaching.

Following the rapid transition to online delivery of teaching over the Spring Break, the Proctor’s Office has decided to adapt the process. The main aim of this reconfiguration is to make the exercise both light-touch and fully relevant in the context of these recent dramatic changes.The format for this year’s iteration of the process is as follows:

  • The standard pro forma has been replaced with a simplified template (Word, 15 KB) focused on online teaching delivery. There is no expectation for Schools to produce a polished text in response to these prompts; we are looking for initial impressions and reflections in bullet point format. This should not exceed one page of A4 – DoTs are free to devise appropriate ways to ensure that their response will be informed by a wide range of views from across their School.
  • Please submit your reflections by Monday 1 June. The Academic Monitoring Group (AMG) will consider your feedback alongside results from the two student surveys, which will replace the S2 MEQs.
  • This year’s dialogues will be deferred to autumn 2021. However, should your School wish to have a dialogue with a subset of AMG, this can be arranged at your request.
  • In place of a dissemination event, feedback from AAM will inform the suite of technological tools and pedagogical support being developed over the summer months in preparation for dual mode teaching delivery in S1 2020-21.

As ever, we are grateful for your thoughtful and informative reflections. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ros Campbell or James Price via


General enquiries

Nicola Milton
Head of Education Policy & Quality
+44 (0)1334 46 2131

Ros Campbell
Academic Policy Officer (Quality), Proctor's Office
+44 (0)1334 46 3600