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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education
The UK Quality Code

Learn more about the UK Quality Code and the role it plays in the quality assurance of higher education.

Skills for employability

​How academic programmes of study can promote work-related skills 

With an increasing tendency to see higher education as a product with a price tag, there is understandably growing interest in the extent to which academic programmes of study promote students' employability and earning power.

Higher education providers are required to publish Key Information Sets (KIS) to help students anticipate their employment prospects after particular courses of study.

You can read more about KIS on the website of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (opens in new window).

​Enterprise and entrepreneurship education

The higher education community, working with QAA, has looked at how students can be encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and related skills, no matter what their subject area.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK higher education providers

Preparing students for a more sustainable society

We are involved in a project to promote the development of skills, attitudes and attributes relevant to living and working in a more sustainable society.

Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers

Student employability profiles

To assist students in judging their employability as a result of pursuing a given discipline, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Subject Centres have compiled Student Employability Profiles in collaboration with the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).

Each profile identifies skills that can be developed through the study of a particular discipline, based on ​Subject Benchmark Statements. These skills have been mapped against input from employers who are members of CIHE, setting out the skills, competencies and attributes that they look for when recruiting staff.

Further information is available on the HEA website (opens in new window). We also publish guidance to help academic staff promote students' personal development.