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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.

We have published information to support providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which provides valuable external sources of information both from the UK and international, including Government, HE regulators and funders, and sector bodies.

QAA discussion forums

Guidance for 2020-2021

Following on from our Initial Guidance, Thematic Guidance and Supporting Resources (available below), which were produced to support the sector in dealing with the considerable changes it has faced during the COVID-19 lockdown, we are beginning to look to the future. Our latest set of publications is intended to offer guidance to the sector to support them in planning for 2020-21 and beyond. Our publication timetable details what's coming up.

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.

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