Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Quality Enhancement Office

The Quality Enhancement Office (QEO) was established in October 2010 following the activation of the College's independent degree-awarding powers by the Minister for Education & Skills under the terms of the RCSI (Charters Amendment) Act 2003.

The role of the QEO, as the executive arm of the RCSI Quality Committee, is to support the implementation of the RCSI quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) strategy by coordinating all relevant activities and by collecting the data needed to allow the College to continually assure and develop the quality of all aspects of programme delivery.

The primary activity of the QEO is the coordination of quality reviews. Quality reviews are a key component of the quality assurance measures introduced into the Irish higher education sector by the Universities Act 1997 and the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.  The procdeures also incorporate the QQI Core Statutory Quality Assurance (QA) Guidelines 2016 and the ESG Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area 2015.

Two types of quality review are involved:

  • Statutory institutional reviews of RCSI conducted periodically by independent international teams convened by Quality and Qualifications Ireland(QQI).
  • Internal ‘rolling' reviews of Schools, Postgraduate Faculties and non-academic (service) units within RCSI.

Other roles of the QEO include:

  • supporting RCSI Schools and postgraduate Faculties in statutory accreditation processes undertaken by bodies such as the Irish Medical Council, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, CORU and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • supporting RCSI international campuses in local quality reviews and accreditation processes
  • facilitating the activities of key working groups in the areas of assessment, evaluation, curriculum development and programme accreditation/validation
  • institutional research and data collection
  • bespoke internal QA audits
  • external consultancy work

QEO location: RCSI, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Telephone: +353 1 402 2773