In the last ten years the university sector in Ireland has published over 400 internal review reports and undertaken two cycles of institutional level review. Yet, the majority of internal and external stakeholders would have little or no awareness that this vast independent knowledge base existed, know how or where to find it, or indeed what to do with it. The Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) will use this session to reflect on the findings of a mid-cycle analysis of feedback gained from universities and reviewers that participated in its institutional review process between 2009 and 2011. It will share reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used by IUQB to maximise the accountability of Irish universities and enhance public accessibility to the reports, findings and follow-up actions arising from internal (university-managed) and external (IUQB-managed) quality assurance processes, while respecting institutional autonomy, independence and diversity.
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