School review process and information

University School Reviews are carried out on a five or six yearly basis to assure the University that its schools are of a high quality in teaching and research and that they are working efficiently in terms of staffing and financial matters.

The review identifies areas for improvement and, where necessary provides schools with the appropriate support to make changes.

A review panel visits the school concerned,  meeting with staff and students. The panel also look at a range of documents, the most important being the self-evaluation document produced by the school. The panel is chaired by a Pro Vice-Chancellor and includes external members.

A report is agreed by the panel and forwarded to the Head of School, the Dean of Faculty and the University Planning and Resources Committee (UPARC) for action.

School Reviews (formerly Department Reviews) were previously co-ordinated by the Education Support Unit. They are now co-ordinated by the Strategic Planning and Governance Office. For more information please contact the Strategic Planning and Governance Office.

School Review Guidelines 

Schedule of School Reviews



Chair of Review Panel

Review Co-ordinator


School of Chemistry

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Lucy Barling, Senior Governance Officer

6/7 December 2017

Merchant Venturers School of Engineering


Professor Judith Squires


Katy Gullon, Head of Governance

12/13 April 2018

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Anne Roberts, Executive Support Manager

15/16 May 2018