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We work with universities, colleges, employers, and employer representative bodies to make sure that quality assurance of higher education is relevant to employers.  

We also believe that every student should have the best possible learning experience, and being a sought-after, employable graduate is part of this.

The Role of Employers in Higher Education

Employers are important partners for universities and colleges, both as providers of placement and work experience opportunities to students, and as partners in workforce development and continuous professional development. Increasingly, employers not only shape students' learning experiences but are involved in universities' and colleges' governance and planning processes. 

Why Does Our Work Matter to Employers?

Having high quality and standards means that students, employers and everyone else can have confidence in students' education. We work to involve and empower employers, higher education students and graduates in the process of shaping the national employability agenda in higher education. 

We are committed to working to develop the intelligence, insights and dialogue necessary to ensure that qualifications meet both academic needs and the practical needs of business and industry.

We involve employers in many aspects of our work:

  • our Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) Forum brings professionals together regularly to discuss developments at the interface of higher education and graduate professional careers

  • our Access to Higher Education programme works with employers and employees alike to support individuals' ambition to take up higher education.

We have a number of guidance documents and reports which employers may find of interest.

Higher Education that Works: Involving Employers in Quality Assurance

Publication date: 11 Apr 2018

  • Our 2018 report provides an overview of emerging practice in relation to the engagement that takes place between higher education providers and employers (employer engagement). 

Employer Engagement: Emerging Practice from QAA Reviews

Publication date: 11 Apr 2018

  • This document captures the impact of QAA’s 2012 guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and provides a future roadmap for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers

Publication date: 09 Jan 2018

This document is also available in Chinese.


We work closely with partners who have an interest in shaping the ways in which higher education and industry and business work together to the benefit of students and employers.


SEEC is a registered charity committed to supporting student mobility and creating learning opportunities through the use of academic credit.  


The Work Based and Placement Learning Association was established to advance the prevalence, effectiveness and quality of work-based and placement learning in Higher Education.

National Centre for Universities and Business

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK.

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) represents, promotes and supports the 21 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) across the UK. SSCs are the employer-led skills organisations covering in total approximately 90% of the UK workforce.