This Forum has been specifically designed to facilitate discussion and create supportive communities of practitioners. It is a place to share thoughts, ideas, experiences and practices about the current challenges being faced across the HE sector.
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.
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.
- After COVID-19: The University of Nottingham Ningbo Experience (27 May 2020)
- Academic Integrity in Canada during COVID-19: Reflections from the University of Calgary (28 April 2020)
- COVID-19: What next for higher education? (24 April 2020)
- Supporting students to develop transition skills during times of uncertainty (21 April 2020)
- Doing the Right Thing: Securing Standards in Challenging Times (1 April 2020)