The purpose of the systematic quality assurance is to ensure that SLU offers conditions that promote high quality in research and environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA).
Quality assurance is a recurring process based on the following steps:
- Analysis of how well the conditions for high quality are met
- Identification of needs for improvement and development measures
- Implementation of development measures
- Follow-up of development work
The quality assurance includes:
- Internal situation analysis carried out by departments and faculties every four years
- Every eight years an external review is also carried out, where the quality of research and EMA is evaluated (see Quality and impact, Q&I or ‘KoN’)
- Annual quality dialogues where the work is followed up
Conditions for high quality in research and EMA are defined in five quality areas. Situation analyses are made in relation to a standard (benchmark) for each quality area.
The vice-chancellor carries the overall responsibility for the quality assurance process. SLU’s quality assurance process will be included in the institutional reviews conducted by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).