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QAA launches consultation on fees for its work as the designated quality body in England

Date: March 20 - 2019

QAA has today launched a consultation on the fees we will be charging for our work as the designated quality body in England, appointed under the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA).

HERA requires that, in order to be registered as a higher education provider, institutions in England must be registered with the Office for Students (OfS) and must meet a set of conditions to enter and to stay on the register. HERA allows for an independent body to be designated as the designated quality body to carry out two main purposes. Firstly, to enable the OfS to ensure that registered providers meet the registration requirements relating to quality and standards. Secondly, to inform the OfS’s decisions about degree awarding powers. QAA was designated by the Secretary of State for Education in 2018.

QAA has worked closely with the OfS, Universities UK and GuildHE in drafting the consultation, and we have also worked with independent economic consultants, London Economics.

The fees for QAA's work as the designated quality body will be charged to providers on a strictly cost recovery basis. They will cover specific assessment functions as set out in the legislation and our agreement with the OfS.

The consultation seeks views on a range of questions, including potential fee models and terms. We are particularly interested in responses from English higher education providers who have applied or are considering applying for registration with the OfS.

We have also prepared a Q&A document which gives further information about the consultation and the process for charging fees.

The consultation will run until 24 April and we are asking for responses via our online survey.

QAA membership from next academic year

The fees charged for QAA's work as the designated quality body will not cross subsidise other activities and services offered by QAA. From August 2019, QAA’s compulsory subscription for English higher education providers will therefore be replaced by voluntary QAA membership. QAA members will benefit from a range of core services suitable for all providers, and optional enhancement services in the UK and internationally to fit your institutional priorities.

We have worked closely with stakeholders from across UK higher education to develop services to meet their needs and will shortly be inviting all UK higher education providers, to give their views on our proposed new membership services and associated fees.

Questions and Answers on the Consultation on the Fees Charged by QAA for its Work as the Designated Body in England

Publication Date: 20 Mar 2019