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QAA is changing. At the heart of this change will be a strengthened partnership with UK higher education. Our new membership offer reflects what you have told us you value and want from QAA.


Working with you and for you, as the UK’s independent quality body for higher education, QAA will develop and maintain enduring partnerships that strengthen the knowledge and expertise within the sector to:

  • maintain and enhance UK higher education’s global reputation for excellence
  • assure the standards and quality that are at the heart of UK higher education’s reputation
  • enhance the academic experience of your students wherever they are in the world.

As a provider of higher education in the UK, QAA membership supports you to continuously improve quality and standards through access to expertise, insight and valued resources.


Our membership model

From August 2019, we are moving to a membership model because we believe that this better represents the relationship we have with UK higher education providers and the benefits of our current subscription offer.


Changes to the regulatory framework mean that universities and colleges in England can choose if they want to keep QAA Membership and benefit from a range of valuable services. Providers can also now choose enhancement services to add value to their core QAA membership.


Our new brochure has more information about the membership in England:

Changes in the rest of the UK are minor. Providers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue to have full access to all membership services, including enhancement services, thanks to agreements with the funding and representative bodies in each nation.

Earlier this year, we wrote to all QAA members detailing how their membership is changing and inviting them to take part in our online survey. 

We have now collated the feedback and are working on the final membership offer 2019-20 which will be communicated on 1 July 2019.

Become a member

If you are not currently a subscriber to QAA then you can apply for Membership now.


Please call 01452 557050 or email us to express your interest in becoming a QAA Member.


Membership fees

Membership fees will vary according to how many students a provider has registered, and, in England, the level of enhancement services chosen. For more information about our proposed QAA membership fees in England, see our new brochure.


QAA members in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will have their subscription fee held at 2018-19 rates. If you're not sure how this might apply to your institution, please call us 01452 557050 or send us an email.