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 (4-6 weeks)

Further details of the review process can be found in the documents below.

Overview of the Quality Review Process PDF | 445.9 KB Internal Quality Reviews FAQs PDF | 160.1 KB RCSI Internal Review and Institutional Review Calendar PDF | 73.7 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

Internal Review Guidelines for Academic Units and Postgraduate Training Faculties PDF | 1659.6 KB SAR Template for Academic Units and Postgraduate Training Faculties PDF | 1162.6 KB

For professional support units

Internal Review Guidelines for Professional Support Units PDF | 1654.1 KB SAR Template for Professional Support Units PDF | 1050.3 KB

For developing a quality improvement plan

(academic units, postgraduate training faculties and professional support units)

QIP Guidelines PDF | 890.1 KB QIP Template PDF | 665.1 KB

For Peer Review Group (PRG) members

PRG Guidelines for Academic Units and Postgraduate Training Faculties PDF | 1691.1 KB PRG Guidelines for Professional Support Units PDF | 1680.2 KB
Examinations Office – Peer Review Group Report, 2011 PDF | 85.3 KB Examinations Office – Quality Improvement Plan, 2011 PDF | 150.9 KB School of Postgraduate Studies – Peer Review Group Report, 2011 PDF | 454.5 KB School of Postgraduate Studies – Quality Improvement Plan, 2011 PDF | 146 KB Student Services – Peer Review Group Report, 2012 PDF | 132.1 KB Student Services – Quality Improvement Plan, 2012 PDF | 97.6 KB School of Physiotherapy – Peer Review Group Report, 2012 PDF | 232.7 KB School of Physiotherapy – Quality Improvement Plan, 2012 PDF | 110.8 KB Institute of Leadership – Peer Review Group Report, 2012 PDF | 185.4 KB Institute of Leadership - Quality Improvement Plan, 2012 PDF | 116.7 KB Library Services – Peer Review Group Report, 2013 PDF | 448 KB Library Services – Quality Improvement Plan, 2013/14 PDF | 175.6 KB RCSI and UCD Joint Institutional Review of Penang Medical College – Peer Review Group Report, 2014 PDF | 549.4 KB RCSI and UCD Joint Institutional Review of Penang Medical College – Quality Improvement Plan, 2014 PDF | 548.2 KB School of Pharmacy – Peer Review Group Report, 2014 PDF | 107.6 KB School of Pharmacy – Quality Improvement Plan, 2014 PDF | 350 KB HR Department – Peer Review Group Report, 2014/15 PDF | 292.2 KB HR Department – Quality Improvement Plan, 2015 PDF | 327.4 KB Office of Research and Innovation – Peer Review Group Report, 2015 PDF | 381.5 KB Office of Research and Innovation – Quality Improvement Plan, 2016 PDF | 307.4 KB Quality Enhancement Office – Peer Review Group Report, 2015 PDF | 216.4 KB Quality Enhancement Office – Quality Improvement Plan, 2015 PDF | 236.8 KB School of Medicine – Peer Review Group Report, 2016 PDF | 342.5 KB School of Medicine – Quality Improvement Plan, 2017 PDF | 300 KB Estate and Support Services – Peer Review Group Report, 2016/17 PDF | 477.4 KB Estate and Support Services – Quality Improvement Plan, 2017 PDF | 404.3 KB Admissions Office – Peer Review Group Report, 2016 PDF | 406.9 KB Admissions Office – Quality Improvement Plan, 2017 PDF | 240.3 KB RCSI Bahrain – Peer Review Group Report, 2017 PDF | 460.1 KB RCSI Bahrain – Quality Improvement Plan, 2018 PDF | 373 KB