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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

QAA is working rapidly to support the sector through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We are engaging closely with our members as well as the wider higher education community including student bodies, regulators and funders across the UK.


We are here to work collaboratively and to support you as you make necessary changes to learning, teaching and assessment. Over the coming weeks we will continue that support in a variety of ways including:

  • providing guidance on mitigating the impact on assessment, progression and graduation in coming academic years
  • developing supporting materials on priority topics 
  • delivering regular webinars to support the sector in sharing practice
  • hosting the QAA Quality Discussion Forum where colleagues can debate and discuss challenges as well as sharing what has worked.

This guidance document recommends guiding principles for higher education providers in planning teaching and assessment for next year. In the absence of any certainty about the public health context in September, universities and colleges are making plans and contingencies which allow on-site teaching to take place, while complying with distancing measures, noting that these may vary over time and in different parts of the UK.


It has been produced following extensive interviews and discussions with university and college leaders and quality assurance teams to understand evolving plans at higher education providers across the UK.

Preserving Quality and Standards Through a Time of Rapid Change: UK Higher Education in 2020-21

Publication Date: 02 Jun 2020

COVID-19: Thematic Guidance - Securing Academic Standards and Supporting Student Achievement

Publication Date: 07 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Thematic Guidance - Work-based-Learning (including placements / partnerships / apprenticeships / study abroad)

Publication Date: 08 Apr 2020

QAA's advice to degree-awarding bodies on mitigating the disruption of studies to TNE students caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

Publication Date: 20 Mar 2020

We have also compiled a list of valuable external sources of information, both from the UK and international, including Government, HE regulators and funders, and sector bodies.