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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Universities Wales commissions QAA as independent quality expert

Date 10/05/2017

Universities Wales, the representative body for universities in Wales. has commissioned QAA to be the independent external quality reviewer on behalf of all universities in Wales.

The new Wales review has been designed in response to the needs of Welsh universities and colleges, students and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. It will, says QAA, be future-focused and effective.

‘We’ve listened to what Wales wants, and will be supporting higher education providers in continuously improving the learning experience they offer students,’ said QAA Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock.

‘The new review will be carried out by academics and students who are experts in UK higher education, and will fully meet European standards.’

Professor Colin Riordan, Chair of Universities Wales and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University said ‘As an organisation, QAA not only understands the context of Wales within the UK and has appropriate Welsh language capacity, but also has the reputation and international reach that we feel are important for us as we move into a transformed quality environment across the UK.’

The new institutional review method for Wales will be piloted in the academic year 2017/18.