We work with QAA Members in Northern Ireland across activities specific to Northern Ireland, working collaboratively to support our shared commitment to enhancing and enriching the learning experience of students.
Working with our partners, we seek to champion the interests of higher education with government, funders and partners, and promote cooperation and sharing good practice between providers.
We actively listen to membership to ensure members get best value and have opportunities to learn from the experience of the wider QAA network and participate in UK-wide events and opportunities, through annual liaison meetings and a quarterly QAA Northern
In 2021, we ran a QAA Northern Ireland Conference ‘Contemporary Higher Education Practice’ in partnership with South West College. The conference had nearly 300 registrations and included speakers from across Northern Ireland
and further afield, including members from institutions in England, Scotland, and Wales.
At the conference, we presented the findings of our two recent research projects undertaken in partnership with our members:
- developing the Membership offer in Northern Ireland
- understanding current approaches to quality enhancement to inform a potential new approach to quality in Northern Ireland.
We intend to discuss these with the Department for the Economy so that we can provide the best possible support to institutions in Northern Ireland.
We will continue to support the active participation of students as partners in our work and in quality enhancement in Northern Ireland, seeking further ways to deepen their involvement and strengthen the student voice.
QAA can provide commissioned quality reviews for individual institutions. Reviews are enhancement and peer-led, and responsive to the context of each institution, as well as the policy context in Northern Ireland.