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QAA staff appointed to key roles supporting UK and international higher education collaboration

Date: July 8 - 2021

QAA staff have been appointed to a number of external committees and bodies in recent months, further extending our influence and reach across the national and international higher education sector.

In addition to our Chief Executive, Douglas Blackstock’s recent election as President of the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), two of our staff members have been appointed to key committees within ENQA. Gareth Crossman, Head of Policy and Public Affairs has been appointed as Chairperson of the ENQA Working Group on Academic Integrity, where he will lead ENQA member agencies in working collaboratively to address the challenges posed by academic integrity across European higher education. The working group met last week for the first time.

Our Director for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Alastair Delaney, was also recently appointed to the Agency Review Committee of ENQA. The committee is responsible for validating external review reports that have been carried out on ENQA member agencies and those applying for membership and checking the quality and consistency of reports. Alastair and the other members of the committee will serve a two-year renewable term.

QAA staff are also contributing to the work of our international counterparts. Ian Welch, Quality Specialist at QAA, was elected Chair of the Advisory Panel at Ukraine’s National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance (NAQA) earlier this year and shared his reflections on QAA’s work internationally.

Finally, our Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, Dr Ailsa Crum recently joined the Board of Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA). This reflects QAA’s longstanding commitment to student engagement and ensuring that student voice is a major element in quality assurance processes nationally.

QAA wishes to congratulate all of our team on their respective external appointments, and we look forward to continuing our work with national and international partners to enhance and promote the reputation of UK higher education worldwide.