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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

We are committed to providing the best possible service, and to working in an open and accountable way. One of the ways in which we continue to improve our service is by listening to the views of our subscribers, stakeholders and customers. This includes responding positively to complaints and putting mistakes right.

If you are not satisfied with the service you have received from us, please let us know.

Our procedure for the handling of complaints

First, you should speak to the person you have been dealing with at QAA, so that they can try to assist and to find a resolution. 

If you are not satisfied with the explanation you receive, you can contact the Governance and Executive Office.


Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that you contact us by email, to


Please provide your full name, postal address, telephone number and email address and how you would prefer us to make contact with you about your complaint.

Standards for handling complaints

We will be better able to respond to your complaint if it is raised promptly and accompanied by supporting information. Please state the area, date and time of incident to which your complaint relates, and provide any relevant information regarding communication you have had with us on the subject or supporting evidence.

We will:

  • handle your complaint with courtesy, respect and fairness
  • give full reasons for the outcome
  • use the knowledge and experience gained from complaints to improve how we operate.

Read our Complaints Procedure for more information:

Appeals from providers against decisions

We have clear published procedures for responding to complaints from higher education providers and for handling appeals against specific decisions.

We distinguish between complaints and appeals. We regard a complaint as an expression of dissatisfaction with services we provide or actions we have taken.

Appeals are challenges to specific decisions, in specific circumstances, and these are handled through our appeals/representations procedures below.

Gateway Quality Review: Wales

For appeals related to the Gateway Quality Review: Wales method, there is a separate appeals procedure and submission form.

Quality Review Visit

For appeals related to the Quality Review Visit method, there is a separate appeals procedure and submission form.

Quality and Standards Review

For appeals related to Quality and Standards Review, there is a separate representations procedure and submission form.

Degree Awarding Powers

For appeals related to Degree Awarding Powers, there is a separate representations procedure.


For appeals related to Access to Higher Education by Access Validating Agencies, there is a separate appeals procedure and submission form.


Consolidated Appeals Procedure

For appeals/representations not covered by the guidance above, please use our Consolidated Appeals Procedure.