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Focus On: Institution-led Review (ILR)

What is Focus On?

Focus On projects cover topics that occur frequently in Enhancement-led Institution Review outcomes (either as areas for development or, sometimes, as good practice). All of the HEIs in the Scottish university sector work collectively to promote policy and practice around the topic.

Projects begin and complete in a single academic year. Staff and students identify priority areas within the topic and a programme of practical activity is designed to allow the sharing of practice around those areas to help colleagues make a real difference in a short space of time.

Focus On: Institution-led Review (ILR) 2016-17

The aim of this project was to support institutions to enhance their practice in the following areas:

  1. Engaging students in ILR
  2. Optimising the links between annual monitoring and ILR
  3. Aligning Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) and ILR requirements
  4. Consideration of the unit of review
  5. The use of data to support ILR
  6. Conducting thematic reviews
  7. Review of postgraduate provision

As part of this activity, we gathered responses from 18 higher education institutions in Scotland about their current policy and practice around ILR. Approaches to Institution-Led Review (ILR) is a summary report on the findings, including detailed information on each institution’s approach.  This will be of interest to those looking to review and update their own ILR processes.


We ran an event on Thursday 19 January 2017 to enable institutions to share good practice on a number of topics relating to ILR.


Check out the resources from the event which includes all the presentation slides, a storify summarising the day’s activities, a dialogue sheet and photos.

Further information

We have also published an ELIR Thematic report on ILR and a summary of current practice in the Scottish sector.

If you would like any further information or would like to be added to the Focus On mailing list, please contact Debra Macfarlane, Quality Enhancement Manager,