Our structure and funding
We are an independent body, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
QAA is funded through a number of channels:
- subscriptions from higher education providers (all publicly funded higher education providers in the UK subscribe to QAA and pay an annual fee, as do some that are not publicly funded)
- contracts and agreements with the UK funding councils and organisations to which QAA reports annually
- providers of higher education seeking educational oversight for immigration purposes as required by the
Home Office (opens in a new window) pay a fee to be reviewed by a QAA team, as well an annual maintenance charge
- contracts with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), and with the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
- additional private contracts, consultancy and business development work in the UK and internationally.
We are governed by
. The Board is responsible for policy development, for the conduct of our finances, and for monitoring our performance against agreed targets at a corporate level.
Working with other organisations
Regulatory Partnership Group
We are a member of the Regulatory Partnership Group (RPG), which was established in September 2011 by HEFCE and the Student Loans Company (SLC). Its purpose is to advise Government, HEFCE and other national agencies on policy, strategic and operational issues arising from the development of the funding and regulatory arrangements for higher education in England. You can find out more about the Group on the
HEFCE website (opens in new window).
Memoranda of understanding, cooperation, and agreement
Full details of our memoranda and agreements with UK and international organisations can be found below.
UK regulatory bodies
UK professional bodies
Australia - Memorandum of Cooperation with TEQSA (PDF 275 KB). The
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) (opens in new window) was established in 2011 as the independent, national regulatory and quality assurance agency for the higher education sector in Australia. TEQSA contributes to safeguard and enhance the quality and standards of Australian higher education sector through registration of higher education providers, accreditation of higher education courses, quality assurance, and dissemination of higher education standards and performance.
China - Memorandum of Understanding with CDGDC (PDF 109 KB). The
China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC) (opens in new window) was established in 2003 as an administrative institution under the Ministry of Education. The main functions of CDGDC include undertaking evaluations of undergraduate and post-graduate education, including Sino-foreign provision, and engaging in research into degree equivalency between China and foreign countries.
Memorandum of Understanding with CEAIE (PDF 235 KB).
China Education Association for International Exchange (opens in new window) is China's nationwide not-for-profit organisation conducting international educational exchanges. It was founded in 1981 to promote collaboration between Chinese and foreign institutions, and ensure and enhance the quality of cooperative operations. CEAIE's Accreditation Center runs a voluntary accreditation programme for Chinese-foreign joint institutions and programmes in China.
Hong Kong - Memorandum of Cooperation with HKCAAVQ (PDF 200 KB). HKCAAVQ (opens in new window) was established in 2007 as an independent statutory body empowered to conduct accreditation activities for academic and vocational operators in Hong Kong and their associated education and training programmes. HKCAAVQ also acts as the Accreditation Authority and Qualifications Register Authority under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.
Indonesia - Memorandum of Understanding with BAN-PT (PDF 209 KB). The
National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (BAN-PT) (opens in new window), established in 1994, is the national independent agency that accredits higher education in Indonesia. BAN-PT undertakes mandatory institutional accreditation, and monitors and evaluates the performance of independent accreditation agencies undertaking programme accreditation.
Information Sharing Agreement with QQI (PDF 412 KB). Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (opens in new window) was established in 2012 following the amalgamation of four predecessor bodies. QQI’s key roles are to provide external quality assurance of institutions and providers in both higher and further education and training, to be the custodian of the National Framework of Qualifications, and to make and certify awards.
Memorandum of Understanding with NIAD-UE (PDF 323 KB). The
National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) (opens in new window) was established in 2000 as the statutory body with responsibility for evaluating education and research activities at universities and colleges, and contributing to the further development of higher education in Japan.
Malaysia - Memorandum of Understanding with MQA (PDF 87KB). The
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) (opens in new window) was established in 2007 with statutory responsibility for the quality assurance for both the public and private sectors in Malaysia and the implementation of the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.
Memorandum of Understanding with NCFHE (PDF 222 KB) . The
National Commission for Further and Higher Education (opens in new window) was set up by law in 2012 and is responsible for the licensing, accreditation and quality assurance of further and higher education in Malta. It is also the Government of Malta's statutory advisory body in this sector, performing the functions of the Malta Recognition Information Centre and maintaining the Malta Qualifications Framework, as well as being responsible for the Validation of Informal and Non-Formal Learning.
Singapore - Memorandum of Understanding with CPE (PDF 95MB). The
Council for Private Education (CPE) (opens in new window) was established by statute in 2009 and is mandated to regulate, quality assure and improve standards and quality in the private education sector in Singapore.
South Africa - Memorandum of Understanding with CHE (PDF 181KB). The
Council on Higher Education (CHE) (opens in new window) is an independent statutory body, established in 1998, with the responsibility to develop and implement a system of quality assurance for higher education in South Africa, including programme accreditation, institutional audits, quality promotion and capacity development, standards development and the implementation of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework.
Trinidad and Tobago -
Memorandum of Understanding with ACTT (PDF 98 KB). The
Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (opens in new window) was established in 2004 as the overarching agency with responsibility and jurisdiction for the registration and accreditation of local post-secondary and tertiary institutions and programmes, and the recognition of foreign and transnational programmes and institutions operating in Trinidad and Tobago.
United Arab Emirates -
Memorandum of Agreement with KHDA (PDF 1MB). The
Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) (opens in new window), established in 2007, is a regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai and is responsible for the growth, direction and quality of private education and learning in Dubai. It also regulates foreign providers operating in the free trade zones of Dubai.
Letter of Intent to cooperate between QAA and RAK FTZ (PDF 210 KB). RAK FTZ was established in 2000 and is responsible for issuing several types of free zone licenses for investors in the emirate of Ras AI Khaimah.
United Kingdom - Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council (PDF 523 KB). The
British Council (opens in new window) is the United Kingdom’s cultural relations organisation, a non-departmental public body incorporated by the Royal Charter. The British Council focuses on cultural and educational relationships between the United Kingdom and other countries.
Accountability and corporate documents
One of the legal documents that established our organisation and its role is the Articles of Association (PDF, 262 KB).
We have contracts and agreements with the UK higher education funding councils and have obligations to fulfil in relation to these.
We are accountable to our subscribers and to a wide range of other stakeholders and partners. We aim to use our resources to good effect and to conduct our work with integrity and impartiality, providing information and advice that is authoritative and dependable.
Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2016
Read the QAA Enterprises Directors' Report and Financial Statements for 2016