Our Viewpoint series tackles some of the big questions in higher education and offers our opinion on key topics. We look at what's been said publicly about each issue and the available research, the responsibilities of universities and colleges, QAA's responsibilities and guidance, and what possible solutions might be.


Latest Viewpoint


QAA Viewpoint: Regulation and the importance of culture and people

Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017

In this QAA Viewpoint, we consider quality assurance cultures in higher education systems, and how their importance should be remembered, particularly as we enter the next phase of higher education regulation in the UK.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 82 KB

Previous Viewpoints


QAA Viewpoint: Accelerated degrees

Publication Date: 20 Nov 2017

​In this Viewpoint, we consider accelerated degrees and look at providers' experiences in offering these. Although these degrees are nothing new, recent policy changes in England, and an upcoming government consultation that will explore ways of encouraging this, put the spotlight back on this type of provision.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 108 KB

QAA Viewpoint: Risk-based monitoring or capacity building: a reflection on what works

Publication Date: 07 Jun 2017

​​In this QAA Viewpoint, we outline what has been learned from the different approaches to improving the performance of providers in relation to risk-based monitoring and capacity building.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 130 KB

QAA Viewpoint: How universities and employers can work together to improve graduate outcomes: evidence from QAA reviews

Publication Date: 29 Apr 2017

In this QAA Viewpoint, we explore how well, and via what means, universities and employers work together to secure and improve their graduates' employability, as codified in a suite of QAA reference documents.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 98 KB

QAA Viewpoint: Doctoral research students - what should they expect from their academic experience?

Publication Date: 15 Jan 2017

In this QAA Viewpoint, we discuss some of the major characteristics of doctoral research degrees, as set out in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and what contributes to a good academic experience for doctoral research students. We also identify areas for potential development in this area by institutions, based on recent QAA review findings.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 90 KB

QAA Viewpoint: Alternative Providers - Standards and Quality

Publication Date: 21 Dec 2016

Alternative providers are an important part of the higher education landscape, contributing to the diversity, choice and opportunities available. In this QAA Viewpoint, we discuss the themes and trends emerging from our reviews of alternative providers, and how quality assurance has had a significant positive impact in this area of higher education.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 88 KB

QAA Viewpoint: Post EU-referendum - QAA’s view on the UK and the European Higher Education Area

Publication Date: 16 May 2018

Following the result of the EU membership referendum in June, many questions have been asked about the sector's continuing relationship with Europe. In this QAA Viewpoint, we outline how being part of this network benefits UK institutions and why, whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the UK should continue to support and be part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 88 KB

QAA Viewpoint - Teaching Excellence Framework

Publication Date: 03 Jul 2016

With the Government now considering responses to its Technical Consultation on how the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) will operate from year 2, this document highlights the key elements of the TEF policy and proposals that we believe should be carried forward.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 82 KB

QAA Viewpoint - Reform of Degree Awarding Powers and University Title in England

Publication Date: 01 Jul 2016

​This document sets out QAA's position on the reform of degree awarding powers and university title in England, part of the reforms proposed within the draft Higher Education and Research Bill currently progressing through Parliament. It lays out the context to the proposals and the response from sector bodies, the existing process and QAA's role within it, and QAA's position on the reforms.

Format: PDF
Size: 89 KB

QAA Viewpoint - Plagiarism in UK Higher Education

Publication Date: 28 Mar 2016

This document makes clear QAA's position on the issue of plagiarism in UK higher education, following recent media attention focused on issues involving so-called essay mills. It lays out responsibilities of universities and colleges in tackling plagiarism, QAA's own findings on the subject and also explores possible solutions the sector could undertake to tackle plagiarism.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 78 KB