Annual Review of Courses

The Annual Review of Courses (ARC) provides a concise summary of all developmental activity undertaken and planned by a department in relation to a course/group of courses.

These reports are required for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate awards. All courses should be included in the report, including sub-degree courses such as Foundation degrees, Diplomas of Higher Education, and Certificates of Higher Education. Where modules are offered which are not linked to a course, for example CPD modules, these should also be included.

Function of ARCs

ARCs are a useful resource for departmental staff, faculties, external examiners and external auditors as they enable the department to:

  • review and evaluate their courses and modules to inform quality assurance and enhancement
  • develop action plans that ensure the enhancement of the courses and modules under review
  • ensure excellence in the quality of education and alignment to the University’s Education Objectives
  • identify and share good practice and lessons to be learned

ARCs allow the University to have oversight of themes that are emerging across departments and faculties that need to be acted upon, and to share good practice across the institution. From an external point of view, an effective ARC is a necessity if we are to demonstrate to external auditors the currency, security and validity of our awards.

PSRB requirements

Departments should contact the Quality and Academic Development team (QUAD) where there are particular requirements of a professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) which may affect the format of annual monitoring and reporting.

Reflective evaluation and quality enhancement

In order to be effective, ARC reports need to act as a focus for reflective evaluation of curriculum, delivery, student experience and the achievement of students. They also need to look forward to the next delivery of the curriculum, building on the experience and evidence of the previous year, and thereby facilitate the active enhancement of quality and standards.

Deadlines for submitting reports

The timeframe for the preparation and submission of the ARC has been designed to align with the University's Annual Strategic Planning process, and to enable reports to be considered by the autumn meeting of the Faculty Education Committee (UG) and spring meeting (PG).

Please note that the Deans will be reviewing these reports and providing the Faculty Education Committee with an overview at their meetings in autumn for undergraduate (usually late November/early December) and the spring term (usually February). It is therefore essential that reports are submitted by the deadlines below, or ideally earlier where possible.

  • Undergraduate: By noon on Wednesday 16 November 2022
  • Postgraduate: By noon on Wednesday 1 February 2023

Planning Information Portal

The Planning Information Portal provides access to reports and documentation that supports the annual planning process and the Annual Review of Courses (ARC) including:

*The DLHE survey is now redundant as of 2019/20; Graduate Outcomes will have been introduced thereafter. In addition to the ARC data report, further ‘added value’ dashboards are available to enable in-depth insight into the following areas:


Proformas and reports

For UG/PGT, the QUAD team can provide further guidance.

Pro-formas for all levels of provision are provided, but please use the templates pre-populated for each Department on Box. Departments will be provided specific links to their templates over the summer/autumn term each year,

For PGR, the Postgraduate Research Education team can also provide guidance.

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