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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

Flexible Learning Pathways in British Higher Education

This research report draws on the perspectives of national higher education bodies and institutional providers to identify current policies and practices concerning flexible learning pathways in higher education.

Using Data to Enhance Outcomes

This research analyses the development and use of data-led quality assurance and enhancement within UK higher education providers, and its use in evidencing outcomes. It is intended to help QAA Members enhance their use of data by identifying key challenges to improving data-led quality enhancement and setting out recommendations on how these can be addressed.

An executive summary is published below and provides an overview of the findings. The full report is available exclusively for QAA Members on our Membership Resources site.



There will be opportunities for QAA Members to learn more about data enhancement in forthcoming online events and training. A set of case studies and a data dictionary are also planned in the coming months. Read our Programme of Activities for more details.


The Wisdom of Students: Monitoring Quality through Student Reviews

This research explores whether the ever-growing volume of online student feedback can provide insight into the quality of higher education provision.



The Wisdom of Students: Monitoring Quality through Student Reviews - Updated Analysis

Publication date: 19 Jul 2019

The Wisdom of Students: Monitoring Quality through Student Reviews

Publication date: 27 Jun 2018

Previous Research

Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers): Key Findings 2016-17

Publication date: 12 Nov 2018

Data-driven risk-based quality regulation

Publication date: 26 Feb 2018

Sub-bachelor Higher Education in the United Kingdom

Publication date: 01 Oct 2017

Cultures of Quality: An International Perspective, Phase 2

Publication date: 01 Jun 2017

Cultures of Quality: An International Perspective

Publication date: 01 Nov 2015