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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

ENQA membership

QAA is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

ENQA is the umbrella organisation for quality assurance agencies in the European Higher Education Area. Full membership of ENQA represents recognition that an agency complies with the European Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in higher education. Compliance with these standards is checked every five years through an independent review.

2013 review

In May 2013, QAA underwent its second review to reconfirm its membership of ENQA. The final review report will be available in autumn 2013. A self-evaluation document (PDF 1.23 MB)​ was produced in preparation for the review. We have also recorded a podcast with Q​AA's Director of Resources Douglas Blackstock​​, who coordinated the preparation and management of the review.

The final review report (opens in new window) was published by ENQA in July 2013 and QAA was judged to be fully compliant with all European standards and guidelines - the first ever higher education quality assurance body to achieve this. ENQA commended QAA for a wide range of activity, including our international approach and the way we review UK higher education delivered overseas.

Since 2013, QAA Chief Executive Anthony McClaran has also been a member of the ENQA Board, continuing the tradition of QAA representation on the ENQA Board since 2005. Additionally, in 2013, QAA was added to the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)(opens in new window).