For further information on applications for degree-awarding powers and university title, please contact us.
The Right to Award UK Degrees, provides an overview on what it means to have degree awarding powers in the UK, who is suitable to apply for them, and how their suitability for these powers is checked.
All records relating to an application for degree awarding powers or university title are closed until the decision of the Privy Council has been made public. Our Policy on the Disclosure of Records (PDF, 181KB) states what records we may then disclose, and when.
Terms of engagement
Our Terms of Engagement (PDF, 48KB) set out what applicants can expect from us.
Representations on degree awarding powers applications
Although QAA is not the decision-making body, it is concerned to ensure that the advice that it provides on applications is reasonable and fair. Therefore, in the event that an applicant institution has concerns about the advice being given on its application, it may make written representations to QAA before the advice is provided to HEFCE or other government departments. This provides an opportunity for QAA to reconsider its advice. Representations on degree awarding powers applications (PDF, 25KB) sets out the procedure for making written representations to QAA.