What: a comprehensive review of a programme conducted by a panel of academic peers and at least one student. These reviews usually take place every five years to consider the curriculum, learning outcomes and assessment of a programme to ensure it remains current, fit for purpose and the best it can be. The panel also considers the management of a programme and scrutinises External Examiner reports and responses, student feedback (e.g. surveys, module feedback questionnaires, staff-student forums) and statistical information on student entry, performance and retention for the last five years. Study materials are also looked at to ensure currency.
How often: PPRs usually take place every five years. Given the number of programmes there are often several PPRs that take place in any year.
How many students: each PPR panel will meet with a group of students from the programme being reviewed. In addition, a student member (from another programme) is sometimes appointed to the panel.
Examples: in 2017 students were involved in PPRs for Computing, Philosophy, Public Health, Global Health Policy and Clinical Trials. Students were also involved in the SAS PPRs for the LLM Advanced Legislative Drafting and the LLM International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law.