UCL Medical School


Monitoring Activities

1. Visits

The Quality Assurance and Enhancement Unit has a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to the quality assurance of the clinical placements undertaken by students in Years' 4-6 of the MBBS programme. Visits are one aspect of the quality assurance of these placements. 

QAEU's visits policy

Visit reports and action plans

The QAEU drafts a report and action plan after the visit and liaises with the relevant Trust to finalise the details of both. Progress on the action plan is monitored through the Medical Education Providers' Annual Report, which is submitted to the QAEU.

The final reports and actions plans of the visits can be accessed below:

Barnet HospitalReportReport 
Basildon HospitalReport  
Lister HospitalReport Report
Luton & Dunstable University HospitalReportReportReport
North Middlesex HospitalReportReportReport
Watford General HospitalReport  
Whittington Health NHS TrustReport  

2. Reporting to UCL: Annual Student Experience Review

The Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) was introduced in 2015 as UCL’s tool for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and enhancing the student experience. The ASER draws on an evaluation of student satisfaction (including the NSS, PTES and New to UCL surveys) and student feedback (SEQs), reports from external examiners and actions taken by the School in response to them and admissions and progression statistics to develop an action plan for the next academic year. The ASER is used to assist in the preparation for Internal Quality Reviews (IQR) which are held every 5 years.

3. Reporting to UCL: Internal Quality Review

The Internal Quality Review (IQR) is UCL's central academic quality management and enhancement process and includes all academic departments of UCL.

IQRs are conducted every 5 years and the Medical School had an IQR in 2015, which covered both undergraduate and postgraduate activities in the Division.The IQR process includes the preparation and submission of a Self Evaluative Statement (SES), a visit by a QA team from UCL and the formulation of an action plan, which is subsequently updated on an annual basis. 

4. Reporting to the General Medical Council

The General Medical Council has the statutory responsibility to set standards for undergraduate medical education and to ensure that these standards are met.

Each year the GMC asks the School to complete an annual return to feed in to their Quality Assurance processes. From 2019-20, the Medical School's Annual Return (MSAR) was replaced by a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ).

2019-20 SAQ

2018-2019 MSAR

2017-2018 MSAR

5. Reporting to Health Education England

The NHS Undergraduate Tariff (NUT) is a funding stream provided by Health Education England (HEE) to all NHS Trusts involved in undergraduate medical education. HEE requires the Medical School to provide an annual report covering all the financial and quality processes relating to NUT funding. These reports can be seen below.