QAA has appointed Philip Wilson to its Board of Directors.
As Chair of
Independent HE (opens in new window), which represents many alternative providers of UK higher education, and with a wealth of experience of operating an independent higher education provider, Philip will represent alternative providers on QAA's Board.
'Independent quality assurance is key to protecting institutional autonomy, and QAA must be the stable centre of UK higher education quality during these turbulent times,' said Philip.
'Our focus must be to assure the quality of each institution, the academic outputs and student experience, along with higher education's autonomy to operate within the moral sphere of this country.'
QAA Board Chair Chris Banks said: 'As higher education continues to diversify, it's vital for us to have the right people around the governance table, encompassing a variety of different perspectives, to ensure we are equipped to deal with a rapidly changing environment.
'Independent universities and colleges are key players in UK higher education, and Philip will make sure we take account of their perspective and protect the interests of their students as we move into a new regulatory landscape.'
Philip joins a diverse QAA Board, including independent members and members nominated by sector bodies, the funding councils, the National Union of Students and UK Council of Colleges.