View and edit reviews

Find your reviews

There are a couple of ways to find reviews with which you’re involved:

  • From your own homepage, open the Toolkits and permissions tab.  The right hand column lists links to reviews for which you are an author or a reviewer.
  • If you’re a head of department or faculty, go to the department homepage.  Any reviews for programmes in your department are listed on the right hand side of the Overview tab.
  • Check the header bar for a Review menu.  Reviews with which you’re already associated will show up here.

Writing your review

The best part about using Compass to construct your reviews is that there is very little work for you to do.  Once you’ve created a review we have all the information which is needed.  You’re able to edit this information at any time using the Edit review button (a) on the top right hand side of the page.

When you first open the review you’ll notice that the colour of the title bar has changed to a deep turquoise, and all the links you’re used to seeing in the header bar have gone.  This is because the review functionality sequesters all information from the rest of Compass, and so prevents reviewers from accessing areas beyond their scope.  To return to the full Compass site, use the Exit review (b) button at the bottom of the side-bar.  Please note that the only difference between what the reviewers see and what the authors see is this Edit review (a) button, which means that you – the author – is able to better understand the information to which your reviewers have access.

Contact information for the review authors, and, where possible, the reviewers is accessible in the Contact us (c) menu.  Technical support contacts for the software are listed on this page as well.  Finally, documentation and some review-relevant FAQs are listed under the Help menu (d).

Review summary and notes

The Summary tab contains two sets of notes.  The notes for the programme cannot be changed by review authors as they’re taken from the programme’s own information, and can only be edited by people with those edit permissions – heads of department, programme planners, superusers.  The notes for the review are specific to this review instance, and can be edited by review authors using the Edit review button (a).  This is blank by default and left for the authors to complete.

Review personnel and graduate attributes

The Review details tab (e) includes contact information for the reviewers (f) as well as the authors of the review (g).  The start and end semesters of the review’s census period are listed too (h); these are used to filter the paper instances which will be made available to the reviewers.  Finally, a list of the graduate attributes upon which your review is based is shown (i).  These are used on subsequent tabs to map the curriculum.

To make it easier for external reviewers to juggle jargon, we’ve given you the option to specify what your reviewers will best understand graduate attributes to be.  Under Edit review (a) form you’re able to nominate what you want to call them instead, and your terminology will be shown throughout the review instance.

There’s a list of graduate attributes (or whatever you’ve chosen to call them) which are used on the Map graduate attributes tab.  When the review was created these were selected from attributes which already existed in the programme.   This means that where one programme is reviewed by more than one body (for example, Chemical and Materials Engineering will be reviewed against Washington Accord, IChemE attributes, as well as the graduate attributes from the university) the reviewers only need to see those attributes which are relevant to them. You can change those listed here using the Edit review button.

And that’s it!

That ends the information which defines your review.  The next few posts show how the info is used and shown to your reviewers.