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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Consultation on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education

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UPDATE: Due to problems with SurveyMonkey, the deadline for submissions to the UK Quality Code consultation has been extended until noon on Thursday 14 December.

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About the consultation

The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) is consulting on a new approach to the Expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The consultation seeks to ensure that the Quality Code remains the cornerstone for quality in UK higher education, that it protects the public and student interest, and that it maintains the UK’s world-leading reputation for quality in higher education.

The consultation proposes reform from the highest level, starting with new, streamlined sector expectations. It is designed to involve the sector at every stage, initially in the development of these expectations then in the longer term development of the code.

Consultation document

The consultation document is available in English and Welsh, at the following link:

Consultation on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education  

How to respond

QAA is coordinating responses to the consultation on behalf of UKSCQA. 

The deadline is midnight Wednesday 13 December 2017.

To respond to the consultation, please complete our online survey.

If you would like to respond in Welsh, you can do so via our Welsh online survey.


Five workshops will be held across in the UK in November and December. These events offer an opportunity to discuss key issues that will inform your consultation response.

  • 8 November - Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, London
  • 14 November - The Studio, Glasgow
  • 21 November - Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester
  • 30 November - St David's Hotel, Cardiff
  • 6 December - Clayton Hotel, Belfast

For full details, and to book, visit the the consultation event page

Further information

To find our more about this consultation, and the work of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, visit the UKSCQA website.