Annual Monitoring Reporting (AMR) dialogue meetings are held annually in October. The meetings are conducted by video-conference to facilitate participation from each of SRUC’s six campus sites. The video-conferences are held over two days,
during which there are eight cross-campus meetings, grouped by cognate subject areas. Following the dialogue meetings, a synopsis of key themes is provided to the Learning and Teaching Committee.
The meetings take the form of a peer scrutiny event. A review panel with around eight participants is established to develop questions in advance, for the participating subject areas. Typical attendance at each of the meetings is between 15 and 20 participants.
Review panel membership includes academic representation, staff from the SRUC quality and learning engagement teams, and student representation (usually the Student Association Vice President). Students from participating subject areas currently contribute
through their involvement in quality processes that underpin AMR. Going forward, SRUC is considering student involvement as members of the participating subject area group. The involvement of external reviewers is also under consideration.
The meetings provide an important structured opportunity for staff and students from the six campus sites to reflect on the AMR outcomes. This ties in well with the continuous development of quality procedures as vehicles for reflection and enhancement
at SRUC. Topics covered at the meetings are wide ranging and include discussion of progression and retention initiatives informed by evaluation of relevant data.
During the 2016-17 annual dialogue meetings, the impact of poor mental health on the retention and attainment of students was discussed. This resulted in an ongoing initiative providing training for over 100 staff and students in mental health
first aid and the introduction of Therapet Days at each campus. Some staff dogs are now Therapet accredited and able to provide support on a weekly basis. Further to this, SRUC and SRUCSA in partnership have accessed and embraced the SANE Black Dog
campaign, which provides a confidential out of hours support line for students (and staff with concerns about students), with analytics provided to SRUC to help shape future wellbeing initiatives. This is being used to inform the SRUC Health and Wellbeing
Strategy for both staff and students.