Peer Supported Review (PSR)

PSR gives staff the opportunity to develop their professional practice with the help of a supportive colleague.

Peer Supported Review (PSR) has now been running within the University for a number of years with significant numbers of staff utilising the process to explore and embed enhancements in their learning and teaching practice.

PSR 2020/21

The PSR process actively encourages submissions on a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment initiatives.

However, this academic year our attention and efforts have been dominated by adjustments to practice in response to the ongoing challenges arising from the COVID-19 context.

With that in mind, colleagues are encouraged to utilise the PSR process to document and share the outcomes of initiatives related to the following aspects of practice:

  • Transition to online delivery and/or assessment;
  • Assessment reform;
  • Student engagement and retention;
  • Student representation and the efficacy of the student voice.

This established process was refreshed in 2017 to ensure that it more effectively encourages and supports staff to document and disseminate enhancements in learning and teaching practice.

In addition, to support and provide evidence of the achievement of strategic objectives and targets around L&T, the rejuvenation of PSR advocates that enhancement activities are guided by three broad principles, namely:

  • The identification of an area of learning and teaching that would benefit from an in-depth review should be informed by, and Strategically Aligned with, faculty and school action plans;
  • PSR should be a Collaborative, team-driven process. Ideally, enhancement activities should engage course teams to afford the opportunity to enhance and develop consistency in practice, and therefore student experience;
  • Dissemination should be Proactive to encourage colleagues to adopt and embed effective practices.

The process will continue to afford individual members of staff with documented evidence of their engagement with L&T in support of applications for recognition, promotion and good standing.

In addition, PSR will provide evidence of L&T enhancement activities to inform and support institutional quality enhancement and assurance processes, objectives and targets, and faculty and school action plans.

The Peer Supported Review (PSR) process for 2020/21 is now open. Further information on the process can be found in the PSR HANDBOOK

Submission Deadline

PSR reports on enhancement activities undertaken during 2020/21 must be submitted via the online form by 31st July 2021.

If you require any further information, please contact PSR Lead, Dr Amanda Platt (aj.platt@ulster.ac.uk).