Quality A ssurance  of  UK Higher Education
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Quality Assurance of UK Higher Education

Rafe Smallman

Quality Specialist


About QAA (part 1)


About QAA

Founded in 1997

Offices in England, Scotland & Wales


Our mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education, wherever

it is delivered around the world


QAA Strategy 2017-2020


The expert independent quality body supporting a diverse system of co-regulation of UK higher education

Delivering valued services that provide assurance

and drive quality enhancement

Using our international reputation and partnerships

to benefit UK higher education


The UK Quality Code


Key elements of QAA reviewsPeer review visit


Reviewed against baseline frameworks e.g. Quality Code and other baseline regulatory

requirementsInvolvement of studentsJudgementsUsually includes enhancement focus


‘QAA’s overall performance against the standards of

the European Standards & Guidelines

is uniformly high. It is a trustworthy, effective and highly credible agency and a leader in the field.

‘QAA is well-led and well-managed at both Board and Executive levels, with a strong Board, which is both well-informed and constructively challenging.

The Panel has been consistently impressed by the calibre and professionalism of all those contributing to the work of QAA in maintaining quality and standards across HE in the UK


European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

ENQA review of QAA (2013)


Recent UK higher education policy developments



Quality assessment review and revised operating model

Government policy: consultations and new higher education legislation for England

New Teaching Excellence Framework

Major developments in the devolved administrations ‘Brexit’ vote to leave the EU

A new regulatory and policy framework for UK higher education


Key points in relation to quality


New Office for Students, responsible for quality



Independent quality body

Risk-based quality assurance

Simpler market entry for new, high quality providers

Protecting the student interest

Teaching Excellence Framework


Recognition for QAA

‘Our higher education system is internationally renowned, something that is reflected by the high number of students who wish to come here to study.

‘Underpinning this reputation is our system of quality assurance, both within providers and externally.

The QAA has been at the heart of this

, in developing many of the methods, approaches and techniques

which have since been adopted across the world.’

BIS White Paper, page 32


Teaching Excellence Framework


Post-Brexit: the UK’s relationship with Europe

Triggering Article 50 – by end of March 2017

‘Hard’ Brexit?

UK Home Office consultation – linking quality of courses/ providers to student visas

UK – participation in EHEA & Bologna Process


QAA: future directions


QAA should be the DQB because we:

are a world-class, independent, internationally respected, expert organisation with a proven track record of delivery

safeguard standards, and drive quality assurance and enhancement for all providers of higher education

share the vision of government and the sector for collaborative higher education regulation

are ready to deliver an innovative system that works for the whole of our diverse sector – universities, colleges and alternative providers

empower students to actively shape their learning




Delivering elements of the revised operating model for quality assessment

Managing the assessment process for the Teaching Excellence Framework

Enhancement-led Institutional Review and Enhancement Themes in Scotland Evidence-based external reviews of alternative providersRegulating the Access to HE qualification



Stewardship of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education

System-wide analysis and dissemination of good practice

Strategic international work (including partnerships)Adviser to Government on applications for degree-awarding powers and university title Engagement with students and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs



QAA developing international expertise

International Quality


eview Macao Polytechnic Institute

Transnational education review

Cyprus and Greece

International quality assurance programme

UK and Dubai

Quality assurance capacity building

Albania and Mauritius

Building partnerships

Developing MoUs and participating in global networks


Challenges and

questions (A UK perspective)

How much focus should we be putting into the global aspect of quality assurance?

How should we be planning for the changes Brexit will bring, for example to TNE and student number flows?How do we best build confidence in the UK’s changed quality landscape?


Thank you