In 2009-10, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) carried out an evaluation of the Academic Infrastructure, the set of UK-wide, nationally agreed reference points that give all higher education providers a shared framework for setting, describing and assuring the quality of the learning experience and standards of higher education awards and programmes. The evaluation found that the Academic Infrastructure has served the higher education sector well, but there are areas where further improvement will be welcome.
QAA consulted in winter 2010 and spring 2011 on proposals for changes to be made to the Academic Infrastructure to address the findings of the evaluation. Four round-table discussion meetings were held to provide anyone with an interest in higher education with an opportunity to consider the proposals. For further information, see Academic Infrastructure.
The events will also provide feedback from the sector-led review of external examining, which is due to report early in 2011. The review has considered how external examining arrangements across higher education provision in the UK can be strengthened, including the possibility of the development of a set of minimum expectations for the role of external examiners. For further information see Universities UK Review of External Examining Arrangements in the UK.
Materials from the roundtable events
Summary: feedback from delegates
Presentation: Consultation on changes to the Academic Infrastructure
Presentation: Public information about higher education
Presentation: Update on the Review of External Examining
Presentation: Update on public information (Scotland)