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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Building on World-Class Quality: A new Strategy for QAA

Date 10/05/2017

​Douglas Blackstock, QAA's Chief Executive, has launched Building on World-Class Quality, the organisation's new Strategy for 2017-20.

Addressing QAA's Annual Conference 2017, he described the strategy as 'ambitious', 'fresh and forward-looking' and 'underpinned by our core values of collaboration, innovation, expertise, accountability and integrity'.

Building on World-Class Quality will support QAA's vision for world-leading and independently assured UK higher education. It has three main objectives. By 2020 QAA will be recognised and valued by student bodies, institutions and governments as:

  1. the expert independent quality body supporting a diverse system of co-regulation of UK higher education
  2. delivering valued services that provide assurance and drive quality enhancement
  3. using our international reputation and partnerships to benefit UK higher education.

The full text of Douglas Blackstock's speech is now available. In it, he also confirmed QAA's intention to be designated the independent quality body in England in accordance with the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, as well as news that Universities Wales has commissioned QAA to be the independent external quality reviewer on behalf of all universities in Wales.