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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education


​QAA works closely with a range of organisations in Wales to ensure that academic quality and standards are maintained in Welsh institutions. Our dedicated Team Wales monitors, evaluates and reports on all of our activities in Wales.

QAA has an office in Cardiff to improve its quality assurance and enhancement of the quality of higher education in Wales. The QAA Wales Committee monitors how QAA meets its responsibilities under its service level agreement with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Universities Wales (formerly Higher Education Wales).

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Review Activity

Institutional Review is the review method for higher education institutions in Wales. It is used to check how effectively institutions manage the quality and standards of their academic provision. From 2014-15, Higher Education Review: Wales will succeed Institutional Review.

Welsh Language Scheme

We work by the principle that in our work in Wales, we will treat the English and Welsh languages as equal. Take a look at our Welsh Language Scheme for further information.

QAA submits annual monitoring reports of the Welsh Language Scheme to the Welsh Language Commissioner (opens in a new window) (previously the Welsh Language Board, until March 2012).

Working with students

Information for students about QAA's reviews in Wales, and how they can get involved in the review process, is available in the Students section.

Student membership of Institutional Review teams

Each of our Institutional 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.

Wales Initiative for Student Engagement

The Wales Initiative for Student Engagement (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. Wise Wales is a joint initiative by the following organisations QAA, NUS Wales, Higher Educati​on Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Universities Wales (formerly Higher Education Wales) and Colleges Wales.

Welsh Glossary

Terms explained in Welsh

Further information

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