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Corporate governance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 our Board. 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. 

U​K regulatory bodies​

UK professional bodies​

International partners


Further information

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.

Read our Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2016

Read the ​QAA Enterprises Directors' Report and Financial Statements for 2016