3rd ENQA training of agency reviewers

ENQA organised a third training session/workshop for experts for agency reviews which was held on 11-12 February 2010 in Dublin, Ireland.

The experience on the use of the ENQA membership criteria/European Standards and Guidelines in the external reviews of ENQA member agencies gained over the last years, and the parallel use of the ESG as the criteria for EQAR listing, emphasise the importance of experts being well prepared for the agency reviews. Based on the lessons learned, feedback and materials from the already completed reviews, the training sessions aim at providing experts with, among others, the necessary knowledge and guidance on the interpretation of the ENQA membership criteria/ESG.

The ENQA training sessions are addressed to the reviewers listed in the ENQA expert pool. The experts who are not in the pool can participate in the training only if they are nominated by an ENQA member to the pool.

The training sessions are attended by experts who have already been involved in national or ENQA coordinated reviews, and by potential future reviewers. Reviewers who have attended such training sessions will be included in the ENQA pool of trained reviewers.

Training Agenda

The training was hosted by the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and took place at the NUI (National University of Ireland) office (49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2).

The training programme is available here (pdf).


Peter Williams, former Chief Executive of QAA and former ENQA President, UK
Introduction to the training session

Kurt Sohm, FHR, Austria, ENQA Board member
Purpose and main stages of the review process

Padraig Walsh, IUQB, Ireland, ENQA Board member
ESG, national context and consistency

Fiona Crozier, QAA, UK, ENQA Vice President
The notion of compliance: definitions and examples

Josep Grifoll, AQU Catalonia, Spain, ENQA Board member
The notion of independence

Radu Damian, ARACIS, Romania, ENQA Board member
Conducting reviews: an agency view

Peter Williams, former Chief Executive of QAA and former ENQA President, UK
Focus on the role of the Review Chair

Paul Mitchell, Mega Mitchell Consulting, UK
Focus on the role of the Review Secretary

Marion Coy, GMIT & IUQB Board Member
Focus on the role of the other reviewers

Paul Mitchell, Mega Mitchell Consulting, UK
The main outcome of the review: the final report

View photos of the event.