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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

QAA transformation moves to next phase

Date 07/06/2016

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and its trustees have begun consulting with the staff union Public and Commercial Services (PCS) on a new organisational structure today.

In April, at their Annual Conference, QAA set out plans for organisational change to ensure it will continue to be the agency of choice for UK higher education and maintain its role as one of the world's leading quality assurance agencies.

Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive of QAA, said, 'Our top priority throughout this transformation process will be our staff. We will be working closely with PCS on this change process.  It is important that the knowledge, skills and expertise of our staff remain at the heart of the new QAA structure. 

'The HE sector has been changing in recent years, and QAA must adapt to that change. We will be a smaller but more sustainable organisation, one that is agile, lean and responds efficiently and effectively to the needs of our sector.'

QAA has been successful in the funding councils' tenders, is supporting HEFCE in the delivery of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is a partner in the evolution of the Quality Enhancement Framework in Scotland.

As a result of the transformation, and its ongoing governance review, QAA is addressing reforms that would allow it to be considered as suitable for recommendation as the designated independent quality body for England and to play a role in new arrangements for Wales.