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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

QEN event: The Numbers and the Narrative

Event date 20 and 26 June 2018
Location Bristol and London

​​​​The Quality Enhancement Network

The Quality Enhancement Network (QEN) is designed exclusively for QAA subscribers. It brings together quality assurance professionals and practitioners to share good practice and experience and to discuss and debate current issues. By working together and learning from each other, the QEN helps providers to identify and respond to changes and developments in quality assurance.

About this event

QAA, HESA and HESPA have partnered to deliver an event which will focus on the use and importance of data narratives in the context of the new regulatory landscape.

Delegates will learn from HESA about the challenges of fitting rigid data structures to a dynamic and complex environment. HESPA has facilitated our good practice case study about the key areas of effective working between planners and quality teams and making the best use of institutional data from the perspective of Keele and Loughborough Universities.

The afternoon will offer a practical session led by QAA, looking at anonymised data sets around grade inflation and how an institution might explain what the numbers are saying. HESA will go on to provide information about HE data in a regulatory environment, focusing on performance indicators, metrics and how they can be used regardless of jurisdiction. ​Finally, there will be a presentation from QAA around TEF, using information from the most recent round and how narratives can play a vital role in contextualising your data for TEF success.

Who should attend

These events will be of interest to:

  • quality officers
  • quality managers
  • student union advisers engaged with quality
  • planning officers
  • statistics officers
  • NUS staff
  • student association staff.

How to book

This event is open to QAA subscribers only: 2 per institution

We would suggest that to get the full benefit of the day, institutions send one quality and one planning/stats team member from a subscribing institution where applicable.

To book your place, please visit the registration site:

20 June - Bristol

26 June - London​