Peer Observation of Teaching

Peer Observation of Teaching is part of the University of Liverpool’s quality enhancement processes providing both the Observee and Peer Observer with the opportunity to discuss teaching practice and reflect on teaching methods used. The process is meant to be developmental and collegial.

Where appropriate, the opportunity to disseminate effective practice may also become part of this process. Under normal circumstances, teaching staff should be observed every two years. It is expected that all departments and schools across the university will engage with the process by implementing the Policy (please see below). Implementation will generally be managed by a small Peer Observation Group or the Head of School or Department.

Training for Peer Observers on the implementation of the Policy and use of relevant forms is available from Academic Development. Dates for centrally offered training workshop are shown below. To book to attend a workshop, please email

Workshop dates (all sessions from 2 till 4pm)

To book a place, email

19th September 2018
10th October 2018
14th November 2018
12th December 2018
16th January 2019
27th February 2019

The list of staff in a School/Department who have completed the training and can act as Peer Observers can be obtained by emailing The email should be sent by the Head of School/Department or the member of staff who is organising peer observation in their area.

Related Documents:

The Peer Observation of Teaching policy

The forms to implement the policy are available below:

Two brief guides have been developed to provide further information about the process, these are available below: