Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR)

The QAA undertakes a rolling 4-year programme of Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) of all HEIs in Scotland.

The main focus of the ELIR method is to review an institution's approach to improving the student learning experience. It also examines an institution's ability to secure the academic standards of its awards and to manage the quality of the learning opportunities it provides for its students.

The ELIR Method

ELIR reviews are carried out by a team of six reviewers: one student reviewer, one international reviewer, three senior UK-based academic reviewers and one coordinating reviewer.

Institutions undergoing ELIR submit a self-evaluation document called a Reflective Analysis (RA) and one or more case studies which should illustrate the institution's approach to self-evaluation and /or the effectiveness of its management of change. The ELIR team uses this documentation and initial meetings with staff and students to develop themes for exploration during the review visits.

At the end of the review, the ELIR team produces its report, and an overarching judgement on the current and likely future effectiveness of the institution's arrangements for managing academic standards and enhancing the quality of the student learning experience.

Institutions must also produce Follow-up Reports one year after the publication of the ELIR Panel's report and judgement.


The University underwent its first ELIR review (ELIR 1) in 2005, ELIR 2 in May 2010 and is scheduled to undergo ELIR 3 in October and November 2013.

Details of our current, and previous ELIR submissions and reports, can be found by following the links on the left-hand menu.