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Resilience, Innovation, Enhancement: QAA Membership for 2020-21

Date: July 30 - 2020

QAA has launched its Membership programme for the next academic year. The theme for QAA Membership 2020-21 is Resilience, Innovation, Enhancement, working with our members to develop resilience through innovative approaches to quality and enhancement.

Our five key areas for the year - developed in discussion with our members - are:

  • Protecting standards and enhancing quality
  • Engaging students in standards and quality
  • Risk-based and data-led quality processes
  • Academic integrity
  • International engagement and TNE provision

Our work will also continue to be shaped by the evolving practice that has emerged from the COVID-19 crisis.

Thank you to the over 270 UK higher education providers that joined for the first year of QAA Membership in 2019-20. It is thanks to those institutions that we have been able to work in partnership with universities and colleges across the UK to deliver services, expertise and guidance on key issues that are important to the sector and students. 

We have written directly to our member institutions with details on how reaffirm their QAA Membership for 2020-21. Even if you are not currently a member, you can find out more about our Membership offer, and how to sign up, on our dedicated Membership page.

QAA Membership is entirely separate from the statutory review work we undertake as the Designated Quality Body appointed under the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017. As such, membership of QAA is voluntary, and our work to enhance quality and protect standards in England is funded solely through membership fees. While institutions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from access to all areas of membership as part of the agreements with the sector, funders and regulators in their devolved administrations, members in England will only continue to receive the guidance and resources paid for by membership fees if they choose to reaffirm their membership.