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Quality Enhancement Review (QER) is the method by which we review Welsh higher education providers as part of the Quality Assessment Framework for Wales. It provides a distinctive approach to institutional review, developed to address the particular context of the Welsh higher education sector. 


QER provides quality assurance and supports quality enhancement, assuring governing bodies, students and the wider public that providers meet the requirements of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. QER assesses providers against agreed baseline regulatory requirements and the European Standards and Guidelines.


A revised handbook was published in August 2023 following a process of extensive engagement with the sector. This process culminated in a consultation on a draft handbook in May and June 2023. A summary of the consultation responses and how QAA has taken these into account when finalising the Handbook has been published.

Handbook and Guidance

Quality Enhancement Review Handbook

Publication date: 31 Aug 2023

Outcomes of the Consultation on the Draft Quality Enhancement Review Handbook (Wales)

Publication date: 31 Aug 2023

Reviews in Wales Knowledge Base

This knowledge base has been developed from the outcomes of the Quality Enhancement Review and Gateway Quality Review Wales from 2017 – present. The knowledge base includes information about the review methods including judgement areas, categorisation of commendations, recommendations, affirmations, areas for development and specified improvements and in-cycle changes. Users can filter the outcomes by themes of the UK Quality Code as well as additional categories. 

Reviews in Wales Knowledge Base

Publication date: 16 Oct 2023

Welsh Language Provision

We are committed to treating the Welsh and English languages as equal and taking into account the requirements and expectations of Welsh Language Standards. For further information, see Annex 3 of the Handbook.