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Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR)


ELIR_LOGO_FINAL.pngEnhancement-led Institutional Review is the approach used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in Scotland to ensure that academic standards are secure and to review the effectiveness in enhancing the student experience. It is an evidence-based method of peer review, involving staff and students from other institutions assessing Edinburgh Napier’s approach to enhancement.


ELIR is now in its fourth round and forms part of the overall enhancement-led approach to quality assurance in Scotland. The Handbook for ELIR 4 was published by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in April 2017. You can see the reports from our previous ELIR held in 2015 on the QAA website.


Our next ELIR is taking place in October (planning visit) and December 2019 (review week). Preparations are being led by a steering group convened by Professor Alyson Tobin, Vice-Principal for Learning & Teaching, with day-to-day preparations coordinated by Katrina Swanton, Head of Quality & Enhancement. The ENSA Vice-President for Representation and Volunteers is also a member of the steering group.


Over the course of this academic year, we have worked to produce the University’s reflective analysis which is contextualised to reflect Edinburgh Napier’s strategy; its size and composition and distinctiveness. The reflective analysis is evidence-based and much of its content has been drawn from existing resources gathered as part of the University’s standard business - for example, committee papers and minutes; annual monitoring reports; internal publications; all staff forums (such as campus conversations) etc. We also utilised activities undertaken as part of the ‘Shaping our Future’ to gather staff and student feedback to inform the Reflective Analysis. Feedback from an early draft of the Reflective Analysis was also incorporated to produce the final document.


Staff and students can access the Reflective Analysis from SharePoint Online


The Reflective Analysis and supporting evidence-base have been shared with the review team in advance of our review.


We are now in the process of preparing for the review team visits which will include meetings with staff and students. If you would be interested in knowing more, please do not hesitate to contact us at elir@napier.ac.uk