Quality Review Visit (QRV) is the method by which we test a provider's readiness to enter the publicly-funded UK higher education sector.


QRV is also used to re-test new entrants as they approach the end of their developmental period. In special circumstances, established providers requiring enhanced monitoring may also be subject to QRV.


We undertake QRV on behalf of the Office for Students (formerly HEFCE) and the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland as part of the revised operating model for quality assessment.


Revised Operating Model

Providers that were scheduled to receive a Higher Education Review, and have not had two or more successful reviews, under the previous quality assessment arrangements, will also receive a QRV.


Handbook and guidance


Quality Review Visit Handbook

Publication Date: 31 Jul 2017

This handbook states the aims of Quality Review Visit, setting out the approach and giving guidance to providers preparing for, and taking part in, review.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 360 KB

Quality Review Visit - Survival Guide for Lead Student Representatives

Publication Date: 16 Aug 2017

This guidance provides Lead Student Representatives with information about the Quality Review Visit method, including specific guidance about their role.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 3743 KB

Guidance for new providers undergoing Quality Review Visit where there are no current or past higher education students

Publication Date: 13 Feb 2017

This document sets out the differences in Quality Review Visits for new providers with no current or past higher education students.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 44 KB

Transitional arrangements


QRV will continue to operate during the period of transition from HEFCE to the Office for Students. The OfS can provide further guidance for those providers with a QRV scheduled for summer 2018, and who would like to know more about the transition period, or have any questions relating to the broader regulatory decision.


Further information is also available on the OfS website:


Regulatory Notice 2: Regulation up to 31 July 2019 of providers that were previously funded by HEFCE


Regulatory Notice 2

Regulatory Advice 2: Registration of current providers for 2019-20


Regulatory Advice 2