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Main evaluations (external study programme-specific evaluations)

About the evaluations

An important part of the faculty’s quality assurance system is that external assessment panels review and evaluate the quality of the study programmes. The faculty's degree programmes are evaluated every six years, according to the faculty's quality plan.

The evaluations should be:

  • Development- and quality-driven.
  • Consider the strengths, challenges and development opportunities of the learning environment and the study programmes.
  • Be advisory for the planning of future quality enhancement work within the study programmes.

Evaluations in 2023

The first main evaluations were carried out in 2023.

The faculty's degree programmes were divided into eight different areas and for each area an assessment panel was appointed, consisting of three external experts. Each assessment panel evaluated all programmes in their area at the same time. Their tasks included reviewing and analysing the departments' documentation, planning and carrying out visits and writing statements on the programmes. On the basis of these statements, the departments are to draw up development plans with proposals for measures.

First cycle education

Bachelor’s programme, main field of study:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • Physics

Second cycle education

Master’s programme, main field of study:
  • Applied Climate Change Strategies
  • Astrophysics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographical Information Science 
  • Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management
  • Geology
  • Geomatics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • Physics

Each assessment panel consisted of three experts with the following roles:

  • A lead reviewer
  • A secondary reviewer
  • A student reviewer

Expertise within the panel:

  • A scientifically and pedagogically competent person from another higher education institution.
  • A person who is either a scientifically and pedagogically competent person from another higher education institution, or a labour market representative.
  • A student with expertise in the subject area who is studying at another higher education institution.

The panel’s mission:

  • Review and analyse the departments' documentation prior to the visit.
  • Prepare questions for at least one visit and participate in visits.
  • Finalise the statement in time and participate in any feedback meetings.

  • 1 March 2023: The departments' documentation and other materials were made available to each assessment panel.
  • 15 August 2023: The assessment panels gave a written statement on the quality of the study programmes.
  • Spring 2024: The departments finalised development plans based on each assessment panel’s statement.
  • Plan for autumn 2024: The departments' development plans and the proposed measures will be followed up during the organisational discussions in autumn 2024.

The basis consisted of:

  • A programme-specific self-evaluation from each department.
  • Descriptions of the faculty's overall quality work including links to central documents.

If the assessment panels requested more or supplementary material, this was produced by the departments or the faculty office during the process.

The programme-specific self-evaluation

The self-evaluation included three assessment areas, which are based on the Higher Education Act and Higher Education Ordinance, Swedish Higher Education Authority’s guidelines for quality work, and Lund University's criteria for quality review.

Assessment areas:

  • Prerequisites (including staff, educational environment, infrastructure, student support and learning resources, and implementation of the programme within the planned study period).
  • Design, implementation and results (including learning outcomes and follow-up, measures and feedback).
  • Work life and collaboration.

The statements are only available in Swedish. If you are interested in a specific statement, please contact Amanda Areblad for assistance. 

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The faculty has instructed the departments to analyse the statements of the assessment panels and to create a development plan for each department based on these statements. The plan should contain both department- and programme-specific measures within each assessment area.

Some measures will also be managed jointly at faculty level, primarily in the faculty's study programmes board.

More information on the development plans will be available in 2024.