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To mark QAA's 25th anniversary in 2022, we held a series of conversations with higher education experts from across the UK and around the world. These offered a wide-ranging exploration of quality, in different contexts and from a range of perspectives.

We will also published blog posts from colleagues across the sector, sharing fresh perspectives on topics such as Education for Sustainable Development, student engagement in quality, and quality in small and specialist providers.

Our summary video rounds up the some of the highlights and learning from the QAA at 25 programme.

Blog posts

4 March 2022

Defining Quality

QAA's CEO Vicki Stott analysed what defines quality across the UK's diverse higher education landscape in a blog post published on the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) website.

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24 May 2022

Students at the heart of quality

Sean Holm, Emma Murphy and Ondrej Kucerak from QAA's Student Strategic Advisory Committee reflected on the role that students can play in quality.

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12 July 2022

Embedding Education for Sustainable Development

Rehema White, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews discussed ways to assess and strengthen Education for Sustainable Development in the UK and beyond.

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30 August 2022

Defining what we mean by ‘quality’ education

Professor Tom Ward, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education, Newcastle University explored what is meant by a ‘quality’ education - as quality means different things to different people.

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28 September 2022

Quality enhancement through collaboration, trust and empowerment (a celebration of the Scottish approach)

Sir Paul Grice and Professor Catriona Bell from Queen Margaret University discussed how they define quality in the Scottish higher education sector.

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11 October 2022

Perspectives on quality in Osteopathy

Steven Bettles, Policy Manager, General Osteopathic Council explained what quality assurance means from the perspective of a statutory healthcare regulator.

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3 November 2022

Defining quality

QAA's Chairman Professor Simon Gaskell considered the changing quality landscape in the UK and beyond in a blog post published on the WONKHE website.

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Online discussions

21 April 2022

Academic credit: The ticket to a high-quality, flexible learning journey

Our panel explored the role that academic credit can play in facilitating high-quality, flexible learning journeys.

Panel: Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University and QAA Board Member (Chair); Professor Ruth Whittaker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), University of Brighton; Professor Clare Milsom, Interim Academic Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Liverpool John Moores University; and Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA.

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3 May 2022

Reassessing assessment: Getting our approach to assessment right

Our panel considered how the design and delivery of assessment enhances students' experience of the quality of their higher education.

Panel: Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University (Chair); Jonny Barnes, Quality Officer, Solent University and QAA SSAC Member; Professor Sally Brown, Professor Emerita of HE Diversity in Teaching & Learning, Leeds Beckett University; Professor Clare Peddie, Vice-Principal Education (Proctor), University of St Andrews; and Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver, Vice-Provost for Education, Brunel University.

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21 July 2022

Levelling up through access - how do we close the participation gap?

Our expert panel explored current perspectives on access and participation, including the future role the Access to HE Diploma will play in widening participation in higher education and the positive impact of closing the participation gap.

Panel: Julie Mizon, QAA Access Manager (Chair); Zoë Chapman, Former Access to HE student and Executive Director, Training, Education and Consultancy Hub; Sally Iley, Cross College Coordinator for Access to HE, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College; Flóra Raffai, Chief Executive, Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA); Jayne Taylor, Head of Student Recruitment and Access Development, Sheffield Hallam University; and Laura Thatcher, Access to HE student, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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27 September 2022

What is quality - perspectives from around the world

Our panel explored what quality means from the perspective of global higher education communities, with speakers representing networks of quality agencies based around the world.


Panel: Vicki Stott, QAA CEO (Chair); Professor Nadia Badrawi, President, Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE); Douglas Blackstock, President, European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA); Dr Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); Dr Anna Prades, Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE); and Professor Dr Jianxin Zhang, President, Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN).


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19 October 2022

At the frontline of protecting academic integrity, what can be done at an institutional level?

On the International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, our panel considered what can be done at institutional level to promote academic integrity and combat academic misconduct. This event was jointly hosted by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Panel: Billy Kelly, Chair, National Academic Integrity Network (Chair); Mairéad Boland, Senior Manager, Academic Integrity Regulation & Strategic Partnerships, QQI; Professor Michael Draper, Professor of Legal Education and Director of the Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success, Swansea University; Dr Helen Gniel, Director, Higher Education Integrity Unit, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA); Steph Lomas, Advice and Insights Coordinator, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Students’ Union; Clodagh McGivern, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Union of Students in Ireland; and Eve Alcock, Head of Public Affairs, QAA

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17 November 2022

Responding to regulation: Insights from other sectors

Professor Julia Black, Strategic Director of Innovation and Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science explored different approaches to regulation across sectors, and how practitioners in higher education can respond to regulatory design, the demands it places on their organisations and the changes/adaptations required.

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7 December 2022

Can students' grades improve too much? Is it time to reconsider reporting on student degree outcomes?

Our panel considered how we report on degree outcomes and whether it is time for a change in our approach.

Panel: Dr Alex Bols, Deputy CEO, GuildHE; Chloe Field, NUS Vice President Higher Education; Professor Clare Peddie, Vice Principal Education, University of St Andrews; and Tamara Reid, Inclusive Curriculum Consultants Programme Lead, Kingston University

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11 & 12 May 2022

The Quality Continuum

Our annual conference facilitated conversations across the quality continuum, reflecting the many different perspectives of quality and standards in higher education.

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Live debate

15 June 2022 - Live debate

Quality is in the eye of the beholder

Our panel considered different perspectives of quality and the concepts that best serve students and the sector.

Panel: Professor Simon Gaskell, QAA Board Chair and former Principal of Queen Mary, University of London (Chair); Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS Vice President Higher Education; Maureen McLaughlin, Registrar and Director of Student, Library and Academic Services, Northumbria University; Professor Chris Millward, Professor of Higher Education Practice, University of Birmingham; and Professor John Sawkins, Deputy Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Heriot Watt University

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