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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Get involved

We often recruit new student reviewers.To qualify you must be currently enrolled as a student with at least one year of study or a sabbatical officer of a recognised students' union. Vacancies are posted on our jobs pages.

Here's how it works:

  • QAA reviews universities and colleges to check that they are maintaining the academic standards and quality of higher education. We use different review methods depending on the type and location of an institution.
  • All reviews are peer reviews, which means that reviewers come from other higher education institutions (HEIs) and have experience of assuring academic standards and quality in their own institution.
  • Reviews are carried out in partnership with the university or college: they have time to prepare and submit a written self-evaluation, which includes student submissions, before a team of QAA reviewers visits them.
  • QAA manages a scheduled cycle of reviews across the UK - more than 300 institutions are reviewed or monitored each year, with more than 400 reviewers, including 50+ student reviewers.
  • QAA publishes reports setting out the findings of every review. You can search reports here.

Find out what one of our student reviewers has to say about the work.

Find out about our review methods

QAA manages a variety of review methods, tailored to differences in national government of education and different types of intsitutions. Find out more about our review methods here.

Stay in touch

There are plenty of ways to stay in touch with QAA's work with student engagement: