Quality assurance and development of our education
Irrespective of whether you are an exchange student, a freemover, or a Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral student at Lund University, your perspective on your education is important to us. It helps us plan and implement quality management and thereby ensure and develop the standard of teaching and learning at the University. By responding to surveys about your courses or programme and taking part in organised discussions, among others, you actively contribute to the quality of your and future students’ education.
The University’s system for quality assurance and development
The system for quality assurance and development of education at Lund University is based on a common policy. This policy describes the starting points, processes, responsibilities and criteria for quality management at the University. While it applies to all education, the actual processes may differ to some extent across faculties and depending on the level and type of education.
Course evaluations are an example of such a process common for all courses offered at the University, yet organised and structured somewhat differently across faculties, departments and other organisational units.
Course evaluations – key to excellent education
If you have previously completed one or more courses at Lund University, you know that students have the opportunity to give anonymous feedback on each course after it has finished, typically by means of a survey.
After the course evaluation period, the course director compiles a so-called ‘course evaluation report’ (also called a course analysis). This is a written report summarising the students’ views as expressed in the surveys as well as the teaching staff's own reflections on the implementation of the course. Feedback from students may for example revolve around the course literature, learning outcomes, or form of assessment for a specific course.
Course evaluations are useful because they give the course staff the opportunity to contemplate and implement certain changes before the next instance of the course and clearly communicate to the students why specific choices have been made.
Typical outcomes of course evaluations may be that a certain book is added to or removed from the reading list, that certain learning outcomes are further clarified in the course syllabus, or that the form of assessment is changed to align more with the learning outcomes. This is how course evaluations lead to improvements in the quality of education.
Students have access to previously completed course evaluation reports via their course platform or their departmental website.
Student influence through the student unions
For each of the University’s nine faculties, there is a student union that organises student influence. For doctoral students, there are the Lund Doctoral Student Union and the Engineering student union, Teknologkåren. All unions collaborate through the umbrella organisation Lund University Student Unions (LUS).
Among other things, the unions appoint representatives to elected office, such as student representatives on the boards of the faculties, departments and study programmes at the Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral level. They are also responsible for training and coordinating their representatives.
The central LUS in its turn appoints student representatives at the University level, for example to the University Board and the central Education Board.
As a regular student or a doctoral student, you can contribute to quality management at the University by getting involved in your student union or LUS.
Do you want to become a student or doctoral student representative? Contact your union!
External quality evaluations
To ensure the quality of entire study programmes at the Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral level, external evaluations are carried out either annually or every few years. This can be done at the national level – for example by experts from outside Lund University appointed by the Swedish Higher Education Authority – and at the international level by established ranking and accreditation authorities. Importantly, these evaluations have in common that the student perspective is taken into account and that students and/or alumni are typically involved.
- Learn more about how the Swedish Higher Education Authority works with quality management on their website
- University and subject area-specific rankings
Quality assurance and development at the faculty level
Within the common framework for quality management at the University, each faculty has developed its own procedures for continuous quality assurance and development of its education. Lund University strives for flexible working methods and it is more important for us that each course or programme can be evaluated and developed meaningfully rather than for everyone to proceed in exactly the same way.
Read more about the faculties’ quality management and related topics on their own websites:
Head of Office
Quality and Evaluation
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Quality and Evaluation
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