Periodic Reviews


Approximately every six years, each department undergoes a Periodic Review by the University in order to suggest changes and identify good practice. Each year student recommendations during these Reviews lead to changes that directly affect the student learning experience.

Each Review includes one day when a Panel comes into the department, and listens to the experience of students as well as academic staff and professional staff. The panel consists of:

  • two academics from York

  • two external academics (from a similar discipline) from another higher education institution

  • a student representative (from either YUSU or the Graduate Students’ Association).

These discussions are backed up by a number of reports that the panel receives before the review day.

For more information about the Periodic Reviews check out the University’s website. You can also log in using your York email address and look at past reports and action plans.


How are students involved?

Feedback from students is critical to the process and invaluable with respect to informing the Review Panel about students’ actual experiences and learning opportunities.

Student feedback is sought in the following ways:

  1. Student Submission - all students in the department are invited to complete a short questionnaire or attend a Student Voice Workshop to provide anonymous feedback on their programme. YUSU collates this information and produces an independent report which is given to the Review Panel prior to the Review day.

  2. Meetings with students - on the Review day groups of students (both undergraduate and postgraduates) are invited to meet with the Panel to share their experiences of studying in the department.

The Review Panel is interested to hear about the good and the not so good parts of studying in the department. It is important that those who participate feel confident that they can speak freely and honestly; be assured that nothing students say will be quoted in the Report which arises from the Periodic Review and nor will students be identifiable in any way to the department.

Student feedback is an integral part of the Periodic Review process and the more students that get involved the more authentic that voice is.


Who has reviews this year?

Find out below if your department has a review coming up and when you can get involved.

Can’t see your department? Not to worry, you can feedback anytime using Rate your Teaching or by contacting your Academic Reps. Email [email protected] if you want to see previous student submissions for your Department.

Natural Sciences - Thursday 5th December, Department Rep Evie Ladbrook, [email protected], Student Rep Panel Member - Giang Nguyen

Women's Studies - Thursday 16th January, Student Rep Panel Member - Jane Baston

SPS - Mid Spring Term, Department Rep - Chris Sydorenko [email protected], Student Rep Panel Member- Giang Nguyen

Medieval Studies - Monday 20th April, Student Rep Panel Member- Jane Baston

HYMS - Thursday 30th April, Student Rep Panel Member - Jane Baston (York) TBC (Hull)