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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education


​​​​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.

QAA Scotland Annual Report 2015-16


Our work: quality review and quality enhancement 

Our work covers a broad range of review and enhancement activity aimed at supporting the quality assurance and enhancement of higher education in Scotland. You can learn more about our Enhancement-led institutional review method (ELIR) and our work in quality enhancement  in other areas of the website.

Working in partn​ership​

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 ELI​R 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 Bologna Process 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.

​Further information

You can read more about the work of QAA Scotland in our ​guide, QAA Scotland: Who we are and what we do (PDF, 11 MB).

Directions to the QAA Scotland office, along with full contact details can be found on the mai​n con​tact page. ​​