Student Reviewers

Help officially approve all new courses and review existing ones


What are Student Reviewers?

All new courses at the University are reviewed and approved by an official validation panel before they can be taught. Each of these validation panels is made up of relevant University staff, external subject-specialists and a Student Reviewer. Existing courses are also revalidated periodically to ensure they are up-to-date. Courses also go through a review every 5/6 years.

As part of the process you will review and discuss the structure, content of modules, and types of assessments on these courses and the support provided by the programme team. By using your experience as a student, you will help ensure that all courses at Lincoln are student-friendly and the best they can be. This will ultimately impact on the quality of your education and the education of those who proceed you.

You will receive a clear induction for the role, including awareness of the quality assurance process, University structure, and more! Once inducted, you join a pool of other students and will be notified throughout the year of upcoming opportunities. You decide which panels you want to be a part of, so it's flexible around you! Many students sit on multiple panels per year.

This opportunity is open to all students and you do not need any specific subject knowledge - so there's nothing stopping you...


Benefits to you

Becoming a Student Reviewer will provide you with a whole host of employability skills, helping to make you work ready.

  • Professionalism - you are taken seriously in this important role, working with a variety of staff

  • Broader knowledge of different courses - learn first-hand about different courses from across the whole University and how they all learn in different ways. This may inspire your future career path!

  • Confidentiality - you will be privy to some of what goes on 'behind-the-scenes' and trained to respect such procedures

  • Time management - you decide how much you want to be involved by fitting the scheme around your other commitments

  • Reflection - see how you are making a real difference and take that back to your own course

  • Confidence - feel proud that your voice is heard


What support is available?

Each and every panel is managed by one of the team in the Office of Quality, Standards & Partnerships department. They will be your first point of contact and will also put you in touch the other members of the panel. During your first assigned panel, a member of the Office of Quality, Standards & Partnerships will offer one-to-one support, and are also a member of the panel themselves - so will walk you through the process and be there to answer any questions you have.

Want to see a review live in action? But not ready to be a full member of the panel? Contact [email protected] about being an observer of a review panel.


Don't just take our word for it, hear from a current Student Reviewer!

“I enjoy being on panels and getting an idea what higher education looks like “behind the scenes” as this is a career I could see myself getting in to. Further, I have met a lot of people I would have not met otherwise. I find the review most useful when it’s a topic/module/degree program you have an interest in or can relate to as it makes the experience more valuable and interesting. It allows you to take away more than just the practical communication and organisational skills you improve during a meeting like this.”

“All of the panel members were really lovely and welcomed me as much as they would with a staff member. I didn’t feel disadvantaged due to my age or lack of experience at all. They were genuinely interested in the contributions that I was making which increased my confidence during the process.”


Did you know that your participation hours can be logged as volunteer hours and contribute towards The Lincoln Award?

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