Internal quality reviews
As a Designated Awarding Body, RCSI is required to review the effectiveness of its internal quality assurance (QA) policies and procedures through cyclical review of Schools, Faculties and professional support units, including international programmes and branch campuses. In conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation and standards, these QA reviews are characterised by the degree to which self-assessment drives the review process and the overall focus on quality enhancement.
The QEO operates a system of ‘rolling’ internal quality reviews under policies and procedures which are aligned with guidance from QQI and with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European higher education area. These reviews run in four parallel cycles:
- Internal QA reviews of Schools within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
- Internal QA reviews of Postgraduate/Professional faculties
- Internal QA reviews of professional support units
- Internal QA reviews of overseas branch campuses and programmes
The internal quality assurance review process involves three distinct phases encompassing an approximately six-month time period.
- Phase 1 – Self-assessment (2-3 months)
- Phase 2 – External validation (4-6 weeks)
- Phase 3 – Quality improvement planning (6-8 weeks)
Further details of the review process can be found in the documents below.Overview of the Quality Review Process PDF | 442.1 KB Internal Quality Reviews FAQs PDF | 160.1 KB RCSI Internal Review and Institutional Review Calendar PDF | 86.7 KB
The QEO has developed a suite of guidelines and template documents to assist units undergoing internal quality review and members of the peer review group (PRG) carrying out the review.
For academic units and training faculties
For professional support units
For developing a quality improvement plan
(academic units, postgraduate training faculties and professional support units)
For Peer Review Group (PRG) members
In 2022, RCSI undertook a thematic analysis of its first 29 internal quality reviews across schools, faculties, professional support units and overseas campuses. Further details can be found in the report below.