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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 Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Universities Wales in delivering a joint service level agreement and publish a formal annual report on our work each year.

The QAA Wales Committee is chaired by members 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.​​

Important links​

Review Activity​​

From 2014-15 Higher Education Reviews (Wales) has been used to review higher education institutions in Wales. It was used to check how effectively institutions manage the quality and standards of their academic provision. In 2015 and 2016 HEFCW consulted on and progressively introduced elements of the Quality Assurance Framework that now operates in Wales.

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 comply with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 as it applies to us.

We submit annual monitoring reports  to the Welsh Language Commissioner (opens in a new window).

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. 

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 with the following organisations: HEFCW, 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 further, please contact us​.​​​​