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Reflective peer review

The Reflective Peer Review scheme forms an integral part of systematically promoting excellence in teaching and support for learning at the University of Suffolk. The scheme has been designed to support professional development in relation to teaching and learning in their broadest senses, extending beyond direct observation of learning and teaching interventions to include, for example, evaluation of a new teaching innovation or approach, the design of a new course, the design of a new assessment, or the quality of feedback on assessment.

It is expected that all University staff who have a role in teaching and/or the facilitation of student learning will participate annually in reflective peer review. The scheme provides an opportunity for staff to reflect on their established practices and the underpinning knowledge, skills and professional values. Staff are encouraged to actively reflect on the possible implications for personal practice, and plan for ongoing actions to enhance their practice. The scheme also provides a system for staff to disseminate examples of practice or seek advice for specific development.

Reflective peer review is a collegial developmental activity. It is not about performance management, and confidentiality is central to the relationship between participants. Through the scheme, staff members choose a partner and engage in reciprocal review. The emphasis is on critical dialogue between partners, but dialogue which is developmental rather than judgmental and avoids subjective opinions.

Further information on the scheme is available in the Reflective Peer Review Code of Practice, or from the Quality Enhancement Manager, Dr Christine Smith (

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Reflective Peer Review (RPR) scheme has been in place at the University of Suffolk since 2016 and many staff fully understand the process and what's involved and possible within this scheme.

However, you might not fully understand the RPR process, especially if you are new to the University or in the early stages of your career in Higher Education perhaps. For these reasons, we have created a set of video clips featuring questions you might wish to ask about the RPR scheme.

The video clips feature those acting as Teaching and Learning Leads (in 2018/19) from across the Schools at the University asking Christine Smith (the RPR scheme lead) questions about RPR. Please have a look at some and hopefully, your own questions might be answered in the clips. If not then do contact Christine at: 

With sincere thanks: Antonella Castlevedere and Jane Harvey-Lloyd for agreeing to participate in the video questions on RPR.

1. What exactly do the letters RPR stand for?

2. Why do we have RPR at the University of Suffolk?

3. What are we trying to achieve with the RPR process?

4. Why are we partnering with someone from outside our School?

5. How have the partner allocations been made?

6. How many times do the partners have to meet?

7. Where and how do I formally report on my review?

8. Do partners have to observe each other?

9. What other kind of review activity could I do?

10. Do the partners’ review activities have to match?

11. What should I do to prepare for my review?

12. What feedback on the scheme has been received from staff?

13. What are the challenges in doing RPR that staff have identified?