QAA Scotland has devolved responsibilities for the work of QAA in Scotland. Our work is overseen by the
QAA Scotland Committee, which is a committee of the QAA Board.
Much of our work relates to the distinctive Scottish approach to quality - the
Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) - which has been developed since 2003 under the guidance of the Universities’ Quality Working Group (UQWG). UQWG represents and embodies the partnership approach that defines the distinctive nature of the QEF in Scotland.
We work in close association with the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) which, since 2005, has helped oversee the progress of core strands of work including the
Enhancement Themes and projects seeking to learn from international practice.
Our work: quality review and quality enhancement
Working in partnership
A strong feature of our work is 'partnership
'. We work closely with staff and students throughout the higher education sector, along with the following organisations (all links open in new windows):
Engaging with students is integral to what we do. Every
team includes a full student member and students are represented on all our working groups and committees. We work closely with NUS Scotland and are one of the partners in student participation in quality scotland (sparqs).
We also aim to ensure that our work is informed by international perspectives and contributions, including developments in the
and the creation of the European Higher Education Area.
We run a three-day international conference every other year and a one-day more nationally focused conference in the intervening years, we commission works that seek to learn from international practice and regularly receive visitors form universities and quality assurance agencies from other countries.