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We have expertise in safeguarding academic standards and enhancing the quality of the student experience offered in Scotland wherever and however delivered. We promote excellent, responsive and inspiring learning provided in partnership with students.


New for 2023-24

Tertiary Quality Project

QAA is delighted to have been commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to lead key areas of Scotland’s Tertiary Quality Project (TQP). The TQP involves the development and delivery of a common approach to assuring and enhancing quality in Scotland’s tertiary sector from academic year 2024-25.

We are leading on two important project workstreams in collaboration with the SFC, sector agencies, and staff and students from Scotland’s colleges and universities.

Quality arrangements for 2023-24


Our current external review method is Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR), operating until academic year 2024-25.

The Tertiary Enhancement Topic is 'The future of learning and teaching: Defining and delivering an effective and inclusive digital/blended offering'. 

Latest news

Tertiary Quality Enhancement Review consultation

Review team expresses confidence in the University of the Highlands and Islands' quality arrangements

Review team expresses confidence in Heriot-Watt University's quality arrangements


Micro-credentials good practice: A tertiary view from Scotland

17/11/2023 - Dr Anne Tierney, Deputy Chair of the Scottish Tertiary Education Network for Micro-credentials

Quality enhancement through collaboration, trust and empowerment (a celebration of the Scottish approach)

28/09/22 - Sir Paul Grice, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Past, present and future: Evaluating Enhancement Themes - a journey through space time?

10/08/22 - Clare Parks, Quality Enhancement Specialist, QAA Scotland


Read our reports

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Find out about Enhancement Themes

Discover more about the national programme of Enhancement Themes.

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