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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

How should universities and colleges provide information to prospective students?

Date 24/11/2016

QAA is consulting on new guidance about provision of information to prospective students.

This guidance, drafted by QAA on behalf of the UK funding bodies, will help universities and colleges to meet both prospective undergraduate students’ information needs and their legal obligations in terms of the information that they provide. It promotes consistency, making it easier for prospective students to compare different courses.

The guidance reflects the findings of the funding bodies’ Review of information about learning and teaching, and the student experience, and takes account of the advice published by the Competitions and Markets Authority to help providers understand their responsibilities under consumer law.

We welcome contributions to this consultation from anyone with an interest in higher education in the UK, including representatives from all four countries; prospective, current and past students; and staff from the full range of higher education providers, including staff with responsibilities for recruitment and admissions, quality assurance, learning and teaching, marketing and communications and web development. We would be grateful if you would circulate this letter to your colleagues as appropriate.

The consultation will be open for two weeks, during which time we will be running webinars which will provide participants with an opportunity to find out more about the guidance, ask questions and share ideas.

The consultation document and survey are available on the consultation web page. We are offering free webinars on the new guidance, on Thursday 1 December and Monday 5 December. To find out more and register a place, visit the webinar booking site.

If you would like further information about this consultation, please contact Dr Cathy Kerfoot (Standards and Frameworks Manager) at c.kerfoot@qaa.ac.uk.