Institutional Self-Assessment Review and Evaluation (SARE) Institutional Self-Assessment Review and Evaluation (SARE)

The purpose of the institution self-assessment review and evaluation event and annual report is to review and bring together all the course and module review reports, taking actions forward as necessary.  These reports are only used at larger partners.


1. Institution SARE Event

The institution SARE event should be arranged by the Head of HE or equivalent. Prior to the meeting, the following should be circulated to members:

  • details of the timing and venue
  • appropriate SARE documents (to be read prior to the event)
  • membersrip of task groups for the event
  • the requirement for Course Leaders to prepare, for verbal reporting, a brief summary of their course SARE reports. This should outline key strengths and note key action points, citing the evidence source for each.


The Head of HE (or equivalent) should ensure appropriate representation from their institution.  This should include Course Leaders and lecturing staff. At least two critical friends from outside the institution (for example employer representatives) should be invited to ensure an independent perspective. There should also be at least two student representatives. Academic Links and a Partnerships Office representative should be invited to attend all events.

During the event

While there is opportunity for flexibility of approach, all items in the programme below should be considered.


1)    Introduction and review of activities, developments and achievements within the institution over the past year

Heads of HE or equivalent should emphasise that this is a critical but supportive process leading to quality enhancement through the development of creative solutions.

2)   Review of progress with the previous year’s action plan

3)    Brief verbal report from each Course Leader for his/her course for the year under review

This should indicate significant elements of the course, consideration of management information, list the key strengths and also note the key action points. Action points not able to be addressed at course level should be collated for all courses represented at the event.

4)    Peer review of course issues

Task groups should be formed to discuss issues concerning the quality of education arising from the course SARE reports. The focus will be on issues common to several courses or areas that have been chosen as a focus. The emphasis should be on enhancement and the sharing of good practice.

5)    Plenary feedback session and identification of issues to be included in the institution SARE report action plan

Brief report from task group leaders identifying priorities for action and possible strategies for dealing with them.


2. Institution SARE Report

This document will be produced by the Head of HE or equivalent.  As well as providing a record of the SARE event, it should give an overview of the quality of education in the institution.  Similarly to the course self-assessment review and evaluation there is a standardised format and accompanying guidelines should you choose to use it.