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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

QAA is working rapidly to support the sector through the COVID-19 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. 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 and successes.

The guidance on this page is funded by our members' subscriptions and is developed in partnership with members. It is made publicly available for the benefit of the sector in recognition of the extraordinary pressures on the sector arising from the pandemic.




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Guidance for 2020-21


This guidance is funded by our members' subscriptions and is developed in partnership with members. It is made publicly available for the benefit of the sector in recognition of the extraordinary pressures on the sector arising from the pandemic. We continue to provide guidance and resources on key topics to support the HE sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. These follow on from our Initial Guidance, Thematic Guidance and Supporting Resources which were produced in response to the considerable changes faced during the first lockdown.

 

Latest publications


The Impact of Good Practice in Digital Delivery on Student Engagement Progression and Achievement

Publication Date: 31 Mar 2021

Advice on Doctoral Standards for Research Students and Supervisors

Publication Date: 08 Mar 2021

Talking about Quality: Supporting Student Discussions on Quality, Standards and Value for Money

Publication Date: 15 Feb 2021

How Good Practice in Digital Delivery and Assessment has Affected Student Engagement and Success - an Early Exploration

Publication Date: 05 Feb 2021

Advice for Higher Education Providers on the 2021 National Lockdown Safety Net Policies

Publication Date: 18 Jan 2021


How UK higher education providers managed the shift to digital delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication Date: 21 Dec 2020

Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education: How to Address Essay Mills and Contract Cheating (Second edition)

Publication Date: 18 Jun 2020

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

Publication Date: 02 Jun 2020


Mitigating risk in approaches to quality


We have published a set of case studies exploring how providers have approached planning for the next academic year, and the processes needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on students, staff and the wider community. They cover four areas: strategic action planning, space management, assessment and communications.


The 10 case studies are available exclusively for QAA Members on our Membership Resources site.



This guidance is funded by our members' subscriptions and developed in partnership with members. It is made publicly available for the benefit of the sector in recognition of the extraordinary pressures on the sector arising from the pandemic.

 

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



This guidance is funded by our members' subscriptions and developed in partnership with members. It is made publicly available for the benefit of the sector in recognition of the extraordinary pressures on the sector arising from the pandemic.

 

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


These supporting resources are funded by our members' subscriptions and developed in partnership with members. They are made publicly available for the benefit of the sector in recognition of the extraordinary pressures on the sector arising from the pandemic.