The Student Sounding Board was established in 2009 to provide an opportunity
for informed discussions between students and QAA around developments in the
higher education sector, and as an opportunity for students to share best
practice and to input into the work of QAA.
This group is now called the Student Advisory Board and has a more formal
role within QAA to help advise on issues relating to students.
Meetings are attended by QAA's Chief Executive and other members of the QAA
Board, who meet students to gain an insight into student issues. Previous
Student Sounding Board meetings have shaped national student-centred projects
with NUS, introduced student reviewers onto QAA review teams, and driven QAA to
rethink its overall strategy.
The Student Advisory Board 2013
The infographic below details what has been going on in the 4 meetings held
in 2012-13. You can click the image for a larger version or read a
An introduction to the Student Sounding Board by our Chief Executive,
Today, it is vital that students have the tools to shape the quality of
teaching and learning in their place of study. At QAA we are committed to
investing time, resources and expertise to ensure that students can have a
significant impact on the quality of their own higher education.
Our Student Sounding Board has been at the centre of our progress in this
area. Its invaluable guidance and input have led us to a better understanding of
student priorities and issues, and to make a number of significant developments
as a result.
I am pleased to report that QAA is now positively engaging with students
across a wide range of activities, including research projects with the National
Union of Students to build our understanding of student needs and to develop a
sustainable model of student engagement. We also have formal student
representation on our Board of Directors, as well as student reviewers on our
Institutional Review (England, Northern Ireland and Wales) and Enhancement-Led
Institutional Review (Scotland) teams.
At a time when students are increasingly being placed at the heart of higher
education, our overarching aim is to ensure that all QAA activities have a
positive impact on the experience of the twenty-first century student.