Until the end of the 2018-19 academic year in order to meet expectations of the former UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Goldsmiths operated a formal process of Annual Programme Review (APR). This required departments to reflect back on each programme(s) performance over the previous academic session and to look ahead to planned improvements for the following year. However, it was an annual reporting exercise rather than an iterative, supportive process for driving forward change.
Substantive changes to the UK Quality Code prompted by the new regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), led to the discontination of the APR process and the introduction of Department Development Planning (DDP) from 2019-20.
DDP focusses on supporting departments in particular areas identified through the Annual Planning process. DDP complements the Annual Planning process by taking forward specific agreed priorities and supporting departments in translating them into specific, focussed, measurable and impactful action. DDP provides support to academic departments in the revision and development of action plans to achieve their agreed priorities.