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QAA publishes self-assessment report ahead of review by international agency

Date: January 5 - 2023
QAA is currently preparing for its forthcoming review by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in February. QAA is a founding member of ENQA, the membership organisation for higher education quality assurance agencies in Europe. Member agencies are required to undergo a review once every five years, with QAA last reviewed in 2018.

As part of our preparation for review, we have published a self-assessment report (SAR) which has been submitted to the ENQA review team. The report outlines all areas of our work, highlighting our key strengths as an agency including our excellent national and international reputation, and our status as a sector-recognised champion for student partnership and engagement. We have also published the terms of reference for the review.

The review will assess QAA's activity against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) which are owned by the E4 group (the European University Association, the European Students' Union, the European Association for Institutes of Higher Education and ENQA). Implementing quality assurance in line with the ESG is one of the key commitments of the Bologna Process, of which the UK is a founder signatory, and which is unrelated to the European Union and its institutions. During the review, the ENQA review team will meet with members of the QAA team, and a range of other sector stakeholders including QAA reviewers, higher education institutions, funding bodies and students. 

Compliance with the ESG is essential for QAA’s registration on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), which is a requirement for much of the review activity QAA completes across the UK and internationally. It was for this reason that QAA announced in July it would be demitting the role of DQB in England

The full report of the ENQA review following the review visit is expected to be published in the autumn. Further information on the review is available on the ENQA website alongside reports of QAA’s previous ENQA reviews. We will publish further information on the review when the results are available.