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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

What is quality assurance? 

Quality? Standards? Sounds dull...

Not at all!

If you are confused by terminology and acronyms, and unsure how quality assurance relates to you and your course, then this is the place for you.

On this page you can access a range of resources that help bring quality and standards to life.

To find out more about quality assurance, why it's important, and how students can get involved, watch our short videos: What is quality assurance? and How is quality assured? For more detail, take a look at our presentation What is quality assurance? (produced on Prezi). (A text version of this presentation is also available.)

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) is used to assure the standards and quality of higher education in the United Kingdom. The UK Quality Code for Higher Education: A brief guide explains what the key features of the Quality Code are, why the Quality Code is important, and how it is used.

Higher education providers who have met or exceeded the UK expectations for quality and standards in their most recent review by QAA are eligible to display the QAA Quality Mark, subject to terms and conditions.


You can listen to the following podcasts to find out more about various aspects of quality assurance:

Why have these resources been developed?

Engaging a wider audience in quality and standards has always been a challenge in the sector. Alongside the development of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education a range of resources have been developed to help explain quality assurance processes to a non-specialist audience. Our student engagement team have carried out a range of consultation sessions with students to help shape and develop the materials. This work is on-going and more resources are being developed, so please keep checking back to see the latest developments.

You can find out more about QAA's work with students on our student engagement pages.

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