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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

QAA responds to Bell report on higher education sector agencies

Date 31/01/2017

The findings of the review of UK higher education sector agencies, launched in March 2016 by Universities UK and GuildHE, have now been published.

Sir David Bell's review considers the roles and future of nine UK higher education agencies, including QAA, and makes recommendations on their value, effectiveness and ways of working.

Responding to the review, QAA Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock said:

'​At a time of significant reform of higher education across the UK, we welcome the recognition of the significant role that QAA has long played in the sector, and the importance of co-ownership of the quality system.

'QAA works on behalf of the sector to maintain the coherence of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and in delivering external quality arrangements sensitive to the needs of each nation.

'Collaboration and partnership working is fundamental to the way we work and we look forward to cooperating with colleagues in other agencies to deliver outstanding value for the sector.'