Spotlight on ELIR: Draft of Chapter 5 (Reflective Analysis)

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This is the fifth post in the ‘Spotlight on ELIR’ series, which will chart the Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) that will be taking place in autumn 2020. In this post, Professor Tina Harrison introduces the fifth draft chapter of the Reflective Analysis, ‘Collaborative Provision’, and outlines how staff and students can provide comments…


This chapter covers how we manage our collaborative provision, which is where we work in partnership with other organisations to deliver courses and programmes. The chapter covers the different types of collaborative provision we have and how this has changed since the last ELIR. It also covers how we approve and manage collaborative provision, secure academic standards, and enhance the student learning experience.

Chapter 5 is still in draft form, and is a working document, so you will see ‘markers’ where, for example, we need to gather more information or update the text nearer the time we finalise the Reflective Analysis.  If you can help us to fill in any of these gaps, please do get in touch.


In this chapter, amongst many other things, we cover: the introduction of cohort-based doctoral training and degree apprenticeships; changes to how we oversee the management of study and work placement experience for students; and enhancements to the approval and management processes for collaborative provision.


We welcome comments from staff, and in particular students, on the draft chapter. These can be emailed to We would ask you to reflect on the following prompt questions to help you respond:

  • Does the chapter reflect current practice and experiences across the University. Does it adequately reflect your School, College, Department?
  • Looking at the draft chapter, what do you think we might be commended on? What evidence would support this?
  • Do you have any examples of good practice that could be included in the chapter?
  • Is there anything missing from the chapter?

The draft Chapter 5 can be found on the Academic Services’ website.

The deadline for comments on Chapter 5 is Wednesday 8 January 2020.


We will consider all the comments received and use them to develop the chapter. This is the final chapter that we are releasing for comment. We will use the comments received on all the chapters to develop a draft Reflective Analysis by February 2020, which we will invite all students and staff to comment on.  A final version of the Reflective Analysis will then pass through University committees for approval in June 2020.



If you have any comments, queries or ideas about the review, we would love to hear from you:

Tina Harrison

Tina is Assistant Principal Academic Standards and Quality Assurance and Professor of Financial Services Marketing and Consumption. Tina joined the University in 1993 and continues to maintain an active academic role in the Business School. She has had overall responsibility for the University’s quality assurance framework as Assistant Principal since 2009. She plays a key role in the Scottish HE quality landscape as a member of QAA Scotland’s Advisory Board, chair of the sparqs University Advisory Group, and member of the Quality Arrangements for Scottish Higher Education (QASHE) group

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