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Quality Review Visit (QRV) is the method by which we test a provider's readiness to enter the publicly-funded UK higher education sector.


QRV is also used to re-test new entrants as they approach the end of their developmental period. In special circumstances, established providers requiring enhanced monitoring may also be subject to QRV.


The Department for the Economy Northern Ireland uses the Quality Review Visit (QRV) method as part of its Revised Operating Model for Quality Assessment. As of August 2018, the QRV method is no longer in use by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS has now agreed with QAA a new review method called Quality and Standards Review (QSR) for use from the 2018/19 academic year onwards. QSR aligns with the Quality and Standards conditions of the OfS Regulatory Framework and with the revised UK Quality Code.



Providers that were scheduled to receive a Higher Education Review, and have not had two or more successful reviews, under the previous quality assessment arrangements, will also receive a QRV.

Handbook and Guidance

Quality Review Visit Handbook

Publication Date: 31 Jul 2017

Quality Review Visit - Survival Guide for Lead Student Representatives

Publication Date: 16 Aug 2017

Guidance for new providers undergoing Quality Review Visit where there are no current or past higher education students

Publication Date: 13 Feb 2017


Transitional arrangements


Further information is also available on the OfS website:


Regulatory Notice 2: Regulation up to 31 July 2019 of providers that were previously funded by HEFCE



Regulatory Advice 2: Registration of current providers for 2019-20