QAA research projects
QAA has funded two research grants for research into student engagement across the sector.
Student expectations and perceptions of higher education
In 2012 QAA commissioned a team from King's College London, led by Dr Camille B. Kandiko, to undertake research into student expectations and perceptions of the quality of their learning experience and the academic standards of their chosen programmes of study.
The report is available on the King's College London website.
Student Engagement in Quality Assurance and Enhancement: Institutional and Student Body Practices
A parallel project took place at the University of Bath under the leadership of Gwen van der Velden, which explored student engagement practices in UK higher education institutions.
The report is available on the University of Bath's website.
Quality Matters 2012
On 9 October 2012 we held our annual Quality Matters conference in Birmingham. This event is aimed at student representatives and sabbatical officers. Find out more.
Quality Code resources
As part of the development of the Quality Code - which sets out the standards and quality that all UK higher education providers are expected to meet - a range of resources, including The Road to Quality, has been produced to explain quality assurance processes and the role of the Quality Code.
Collaborative projects with NUS
QAA launched a major student engagement project last year, carried out in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), through an investment of £218,000 by QAA.
The project covered three distinct but complementary strands over a one-year period:
This research has helped build up the body of evidence we have on students, informing our future work and helping us understand the views of students across the UK.
Student Advisory Board
Our Student Advisory Board is a group of 20 students which holds discussions with QAA staff and feeds back directly to the QAA Board of Directors, to make sure that the student voice is heard and to help shape QAA's work.
Minutes from previous meetings of the Student Advisory Board, together with a list of Board members, are available from our Student Advisory Board page.
The QAA Student Engagement Team runs events throughout the year for students and students' unions. Take a look at our calendar of events to see what's coming up and where you can see us next. You can also find information about past events in the previous events section.