Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR)
Enhancement-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, Ashley McLean is also a member of the steering group.
Over the course of this academic year, we will be working to produce the University’s reflective analysis which will be contextualised to reflect Edinburgh Napier’s strategy; its size and composition and distinctiveness. The reflective analysis should be evidence-based and much of its content will be 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. However, it is important that staff, students and partners have an opportunity to contribute to the development of the reflective analysis so please look out for announcements about how you can get involved.
If you have comments or suggestions or would like to take a more active role in ELIR preparations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.