The Academic Infrastructure has been replaced by the
UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Information on this page remains relevant to review reports and related documentaton that were published while the Academic Infrastructure was still in use (up to 2011/2012).
We worked with the higher education sector to develop the Academic Infrastructure, which was guidance used by providers of UK higher education until 2011/2012 to set and maintain standards and quality. In more formal terms it was:
a set of UK-wide nationally agreed reference points that give all higher education providers a shared starting point for setting, describing and assuring the quality of the learning experience and standards of higher education awards or programmes.
The Academic Infrastructure has been superseded by the UK Quality Code for Higher Education which came into use in the operational year 2011-12; however the Academic Infrastructure continued to be used for educational oversight reviews until the end of the calendar year 2012.
The education systems of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differ in certain respects; Scotland in particular has its own distinctive system. There are also similarities and differences with the UK's close neighbour, the Republic of Ireland. Our leaflet Qualifications can cross boundaries compares the different systems, enabling students to understand which qualification levels are comparable.
In addition to the Academic Infrastructure and Quality Code, we also publish a range of supplementary guidance.