The Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) is the enhancement-led approach to quality in Scotland. Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of this innovative method.


The QEF supports higher education institutions, in managing the quality of the student learning experience. It also provides public confidence in academic standards and the quality of the student experience.


The collaborative approach to the framework are very distinct, including:

  • its coherence - the design allows all elements to work together
  • its emphasis on enhancement, not only quality assurance
  • its focus on the whole student learning experience.

We work with our partners to deliver our contributions to the five key elements.


Enhancement-led institutional review

The process we use to review and report on all Scottish higher education institutions. It operates on a five-year cycle.

Enhancement Themes

We manage this national programme of work that encourages the sharing of good practice. It helps generate ideas for innovation in learning and teaching.

Institution-led reviews

Institutions in Scotland carry out internal subject reviews. Outcome reports are sent to the Scottish Funding Council with analyses carried out by QAA Scotland.

Student engagement

We aim to give students a greater voice in higher education quality activities. Students are encouraged to work in partnership with staff.

Public information

We ensure information given to the public about quality is accurate and accessible, based on the differing needs of stakeholders.