We commission research into subjects that are of interest to quality assurance and higher education. We also produce research on the findings of our quality assurance review work.


Latest research


The Wisdom of Students Monitoring Quality through Student Reviews

Publication Date: 27 Jun 2018

This research compares publicly available online feedback through Facebook, WhatUni and StudentCrowd with more mainstream measures such as the National Student Survey (NSS), the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), and external reviews of the quality of education provision.

Author: Alex Griffiths, Meghan Leaver and Roger King
Format: PDF
Size: 2334 KB

Previous research


Data-driven risk-based quality regulation

Publication Date: 26 Feb 2018

​This report considers the application of data-driven risk models in higher education by considering the ways in which they are used by regulatory bodies in other sectors.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 365 KB

Sub-bachelor Higher Education in the United Kingdom

Publication Date: 01 Oct 2017

​This report presents the main findings from a scoping study to understand the contemporary scale, shape and history of sub-bachelor higher education in the UK. It comments on patterns and trends in participation and provision at the sub-bachelor levels.

Author: Gareth Parry, Arti Saraswat and Anne Thompson
Format: PDF
Size: 971 KB

Cultures of Quality: An International Perspective, Phase 2

Publication Date: 01 Jun 2017

This report explores the cultures of quality assurance within higher education systems and institutions. It considers the factors that shape them and the effects that they have upon educational processes and outcomes. It focuses on developments within the contrasting national contexts of Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico and Portugal.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 1325 KB

Cultures of Quality: An International Perspective

Publication Date: 01 Nov 2015

​This joint research project, in collaboration with the British Council, considers how the structures and frameworks of quality assurance organisations in nine countries (Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, the UK and the USA) encourage cultures of quality in higher education systems.​

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 2013 KB