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Queries related to quality review can be directed to the UCD Quality Office:

Room 118B
UCD Tierney Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Ph. +353 1 716 1036



In addition to the periodic quality review of units, the University also undertakes both broader and/ or more focused reviews. Thematic reviews allow close scrutiny of key areas and their operation across the University, in order to facilitate a greater focus of attention on the area of activity under review, that other quality assurance processes may not engender.

Thematic review is broadly defined as one in which an activity or function relating to the strategic objectives of the University is reviewed, with recommendations for improvement being made.

Thematic reviews may focus on an area's relationship with, for example: University Strategic Plan; University Education Strategy; University Research Strategy; or effectiveness of institutional organisational structures. Review themes may be structured in a variety of ways, for example:

  1. Review themes aligned with aspects of the University's Strategic Plan;
  2. Review at a cross-University thematic level, for example: the effectiveness of organisational structures or committees; the graduate experience; programme level review; how overseas students are supported and their programmes monitored;
  3. Review focussing on cognate 'clusters';
  4. College level (or cross-College or cross-School) review;
  5. Review on an ad hoc basis, in response to specific unit or institutional needs

The UCD Quality Review procedures have been informed by:

  1. Universities Act 1997 - Section 35 
  2. IUA/IUQB Framework for Quality in Irish Universities 
  3. Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (2005)
  4. Recommendations of the HEA/EUA Institutional Review Report concerning Quality Assurance 
  5. Review Group Reports from the University's first cycle of quality reviews