On 7-8 September, ENQA organised a seminar for experienced reviewers. Around 25 participants attended this edition of the seminar, which is usually held every two years. It took place in Barcelona, hosted by AQU Catalunya (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency).
The experienced reviewers’ seminar aims to provide participants with an arena to keep their knowledge up-to-date, exchange experiences, and discuss the development of the agency reviews’ methodology. The focus of this year was the implementation of ENQA Targeted Reviews to gather feedback on its fitness for purpose after almost two years of implementation. Experts had an opportunity to reflect on their experience and explore possible changes to the methodology that could bring further value to agencies undergoing this type of review. Another topic addressed during the two days was the consistency of the agency reviews, both in terms of the use of the ESG (by ENQA and EQAR) and the mechanisms to ensure a consistent implementation of the methodology.
In addition, the ENQA secretariat used this event to share and discuss some key results from ongoing initiatives. Participants heard about the perspectives of agencies on the future of the ESG gathered as part of the QA-FIT project. Furthermore, they were also provided with the preliminary findings of the latest ENQA thematic analysis on approaches by agencies to follow-up (ESG 2.3) and complaints and appeals (ESG 2.7) which will be published later this year.