The PPR (Periodic Programme Reviews)

Periodic Programme Reviews are run every term, one department at a time. They are like mini-QAA’s as they have a panel from outside the department (including external specialists in the relevant field, and academics from other departments). The student submission comprises of a questionnaire to all students, and a focus group convened by elected student reps of the Department to gather general feedback from which to explore further. Comments (which may be made anonymously if preferred) are made available to the Head of Department/Programme Convenor.

The panel looks at the written submissions in advance, and decide what key areas they want to look at further. Then they meet for a day with different staff and student groups to ask questions. Students are invited to attend a session of the review, to talk to the panel about their experience of the programmes under review. The perspective provided by contributions from students is highly valued by panel members and is an essential element of the review process. The meeting with students is for an hour.

The panel then write a report with recommendations. The full timeline and other info is on the school website.

Previous reports are on the school site, now in the Registry section:

What do Reps have to do???

Student reps play an important role in telling students about the process and how to get invovled - through class announcements and emails etc, and encouraging students to take part. The SU will set up to meet with reps well in advance to plan ahead, and be aware of the previous PPR report.

The key things are to: 1) Make announcements explaining the importance to students and encourage build up questionairre responses 2) With S.U help convene a focus group for students 3) More announcements to encourage strong student attendance at the Review Day student-session.


For 2017/18 the following departments are up for the review.


Term 1:


East Asia Studies (emphasis on China)

Postponed from last year; no new date


History, Religions and Philosophies


Term 2:

Development Studies 


Anthropology and Sociology 



Term 3:







The QAA (Quality Assurance Assessment)

The 6-yearly review of the school by the Quality Assurance Agency was conducted in 2012/13. The school (lead by the ADD) submitted a long self-evaluation-document or ‘SED’, and the Students’ Union (lead by the then Welfare and Education Sabb) submits a student-written-submission or ‘SWS’.

The SWS used feedback from reps discussed at the training, QAA focus groups, reports from recent years, the knowledge gained from case work, and all work done to improve things -especially by the Welfare and Education Officer etc. The draft was shared with all student reps and was taken to a UGM for further discussion and awareness.

The QAA panel released their report, stating what they found to be good about the school, what recommendations are needed to improve… You can view the full report online, or look at other instituions reports if interested.

SOAS QAA REPORT 2013 (to download)




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