For All Current Students

All Scottish Universities are periodically required to go through an Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) which involves an independent panel of staff and students from other institutions evaluating the quality of our academic standards and student experience.

ELIR looks in depth at how students are engaged in shaping quality at each institution and how well students are engaged in the ELIR process itself. The main focus of the review is to consider the institution’s approach to improving your learning experience. It involves reflecting on the following questions:

Where are we now?

Where do we want to be in the future?

How are we going to get there?

How will we know when we get there?

It is important to stress that ELIR is not a one-off event occurring every five years. UWS continuously works to assure and enhance the quality of learning and teaching through regular reviews and committee oversight.

Why does it matter?

Well, it’s essentially our licence to practice and it gives assurances to the people that matter – OUR STUDENTS – that we continue to offer a high-quality experience, supporting you through well-designed courses to achieve the qualifications that will help you to fulfil your longer-term career aspirations. It highlights areas of positive practice and areas where we need to improve or review our approach. Outcomes from the ELIR will inform our priorities and future activities.

ELIR takes place on the 3rd October 2019 with the review visit taking place the week commencing the 18th November 2019.  We are required to submit our own Reflective Analysis on the 8th of August 2019.

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to get involved, please respond to the all-student survey at  

It’s very quick and it gives you the opportunity to provide some brief feedback. If you’d like to do more, there’s an opportunity to join our focus groups – just send us your details to

If I want more information?

There is a range of information about ELIR online.  You can also speak to Nina Anderson-Knox, Head of QuEST or Dr Robin Freeburn the UWS ELIR Manager.