Evaluation of education, teaching and learning


The university’s degree education as a whole is evaluated in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) at least every ten years. The university also participates in national and international field-specific evaluations of education carried out by external parties. The Council for Teaching and Guidance evaluates the state of education in its annual reports. The evaluation of education is led by and responsibility for it lies with the Academic Rector, who is assisted by Deans in charge of teaching, the Council for Teaching and Guidance, and Student and Learning Services.

Teachers collect course feedback from students, and Student and Learning Services collects various types of feedback relating to the study path. Feedback is analysed and it is also discussed in various meetings and working groups at the faculties and academic departments, and it is taken into consideration in the development of teaching when possible.


Evaluation of research


The university participates in national and international field-specific research assessment exercises carried out by external parties.  At regular intervals, the university organises international peer evaluations of its research activities, and it also carries out annual self-evaluations relating to research. The evaluation of research is led by and responsibility for it lies with the Academic Rector, who is assisted by the university’s Research Council. Feedback relating to doctoral education is also collected.
The university’s latest international Research Assessment Exercise pertained to the years 2010–2012, and the report was published in 2014.
Evaluation of societal interaction and other evaluations

The university’s leadership receives feedback from the university’s Board and Advisory Board on a regular basis, and the leadership also receives unofficial feedback through various meetings and personal negotiations.  Feedback on the success of the activities is given to the university by the Ministry of Education and Culture in the performance agreement negotiations and in the university’s internal performance agreement negotiations.


Research groups collect feedback from the steering committees of major projects. In addition, the faculties, independent institutes and service centres are also in charge of collecting feedback from and communicating with stakeholders in accordance with their own plans.
 

The university’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Development carries out audits relating to sustainable development every couple of years, and observations from these audits are included in management reviews. The university reports on its Fair Trade activities on an annual basis, and University Services prepares a report on its Green Office activities every year. Activities relating to sustainable development are also reported in accordance with the Society's Commitment.

The well-being barometer describing the general well-being at work of the staff is recommended to be carried out by the units once a year, while at the university level the survey is carried out every three years. Approximately every five years, a more extensive Well-being at Work Survey is carried out in cooperation with the occupational health care provider.