Skip to main content Accessibility Statement
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

Fundamental to membership is the work we do with our members to safeguard academic standards across UK higher education.


To achieve this, we:

  • work proactively with government, UKSCQA and other agencies to ensure that key issues are understood and embedded in new policy initiatives and other developments
  • work to keep the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and other sector reference points relevant
  • collaborate to produce guidance that provides solutions to current challenges and opportunities for innovation
  • provide thought leadership on standards and quality to support responses to contemporary challenges.
What do our members say?

In this membership year, we are focusing on the following areas.

  1. Maintaining UK standards and frameworks through:
    1. updating the Higher Education Credit Framework for England
    2. updating and developing key Subject Benchmark Statements in line with sector priorities
    3. supporting webinars, training and resources.
  2. Developing new guidance and supporting resources on Education for Sustainable Development.
  3. Safeguarding degree standards through support for members on degree classification, degree algorithms and degree outcome statements.
  4. Considering the use of micro-credentials in higher education, including the implications for the development of the Credit Framework in England, and addressing issues around recognition of prior learning and academic integrity.
  5. Providing support around maintaining quality in a digital environment.
  6. Sharing QAA’s expert voice on quality and standards - through the media, and UK-wide and international forums.
  7. Responding to consultations and inquiries on quality and standards-related issues, and other liaison with governments, government committees, regulators, funding bodies and international bodies.

Find out more about membership work in this area



Related QAA work