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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education


In Wales, we work closely with universities and other higher education providers, plus a range of organisations, to support and review institutions’ management of academic standards and quality. Our work in Wales is led by our Director of Nations and International, supported by a Lead Officer based in Cardiff. ‘Team Wales’ provides further specialist information, support and advice and helps to deliver, evaluate and report on all of our activities for Wales.

We have an office in Cardiff to help provide a responsive service to our subscribers and funders. We aim to quality assure and support the enhancement of the quality of higher education in Wales. We work closely with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Universities Wales and higher education providers in Wales.

The QAA Wales Strategic Advisory Committee is chaired by a member of our Board from the university sector in Wales. The Committee provides strategic advice to QAA’s work and ensures that the Board is fully apprised of specific matters of relevance in Wales to ensure informed decision making based on a genuine understanding of the distinctive needs of the Welsh sector.

Review activity

Quality Enhancement Review was introduced in 2017-18 to review higher education institutions in Wales. It combines quality assurance and quality enhancement, involves students and can be adapted to suit the scale and nature of universities and colleges.

Welsh Language Commitment

We work by the principle that in our work in Wales, we will treat the English and Welsh languages as equal and meet the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 as it applies to us.

Read the standards that apply to us.

Read our annual report on how we meet the standards.

Working with students​

Information for students about QAA's reviews in Wales, and how they can get involved in the review process, is being developed in association with NUS Wales and students.

Student membership of review teams

Each of our review teams in Wales includes a student member, as part of a strategic approach to engage students in quality assurance and enhancement of their higher education. 

Wise Wales 

Wise Wales is an approach which engages students in the leadership, management, development and delivery of their own education. Wise Wales is a defining feature of further and higher education in Wales, and its aim is to ensure that Wales remains at the forefront of student engagement. Led by NUS Wales, Wise Wales is a joint initiative supported by HEFCW, QAA, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Universities Wales and Colleges Wales.

Welsh glossary

Terms explained in Welsh

Further information

If you would like to discuss the work of QAA in Wales, please contact us .