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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education
Higher education reviews

QAA's role is to review providers of higher educati​on to check how they maintain their academic standards and quality. 


​​​​​​​​​​​We carry out hundreds of reviews every year across a range of higher education providers. You can find out more about our reviews process in the reviews and reports section.

One of our regular research activities involves analysing the outcomes from reviews and reporting key findings, themes and trends.

Analysis takes two approaches:

  • Key findings from review
    These reports look at the outcomes from reviews undertaken in a defined period and present an analysis of the key findings.
  • Thema​tic reports​
    These reports look at themes and patterns in review and also focus on particular topics of interest.

Good practice case studies

We publish good practice case studies submitted to us by providers who have received commendations in their review. These case studies are intended to help share good practice across the sector.

QAA Knowledgebase

The QAA Knowledgebase allows users to search for features of good practice, recommendations and affirmations from QAA reviews of higher and further education providers. ​