The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education. With two decades of experience, QAA plays an active role in international developments in quality assurance, working with government bodies, quality agencies and universities across the world.QAA works internationally to ensure the quality of UK higher education offered overseas.
Through QAA Global we also offer a number of specially designed products and services aimed at supporting the development of quality assurance systems and quality assurance professionals worldwide.
International recognition of QAA
QAA is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Following its review in 2013, QAA was the first agency to be judged fully compliant with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
QAA is listed on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) in recognition of its compliance with the ESG.
QAA is a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). In 2014 INQAAHE found QAA to be comprehensively aligned with the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice.
QAA is an observer of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN). In 2015 QAA was recognised by APQN for its efforts in achieving international cooperation in assuring the quality of cross-border education.
Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area
In 2013 QAA was reviewed by ENQA and was found to be the first quality assurance agency to have met all of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the ESG. The ENQA report stated:
QAA's overall performance against the standards of the ESG 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 higher education in the UK.
Capacity building and enhancement of quality assurance
We offer bespoke consultancy services to universities, government bodies and quality assurance agencies across the world to enable them to build capacity and enhance their approach to quality assurance. Alongside national-level capacity building, our services extend to individual institutions that wish to develop their internal approaches to quality.
Training for external quality review
Based on our experience of designing evidence-based academic peer reviews and training over a thousand reviewers, we offer our expertise to government bodies and quality assurance agencies across the world to support their methodology as well as training reviewers and staff.
International Quality Review
International Quality Review offers higher education institutions outside the UK the opportunity to have an evidence-based peer review by QAA. It is designed to analyse and reflect on institutions' own quality assurance approaches, to challenge and benchmark their existing processes against international quality assurance standards, and to support them to drive improvement and excellence in their own quality assurance approach.
Successful reviews enable institutions to demonstrate their own approaches to quality assurance are not only effective but also comparable with international best practice. IQR is a great place to start if your institution wants to attract more students, strengthen your global positioning or begin to form long-lasting partnerships with UK institutions.
Support for professional development
QAA offer a number of services and training programmes that will support the professional development of staff who work in higher education and are interested in approaches to quality assurance in the UK.
International Quality Assurance Programme (IQAP) - a five-day, face-to-face international training course for experienced non-UK higher education professionals involved in quality assurance.
Concepts of quality - an online training programme that provides an introduction to UK higher education quality assurance and would be beneficial to colleagues who have recently taken up responsibilities related to quality assurance. Coming soon!
To find out more about any of the above, please contact QAA's Innovation and Enterprise Team at: