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QAA Scotland carries out enhancement-led external reviews at Scottish higher education institutions. A new external institutional quality review method is currently under development and will be delivered across two phases.

  • Phase 1 comprising Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) and Institutional Liaison Meetings (ILM) will take place in 2022-23 and 2023-24.
  • Phase 2 is being developed during 2022-23 in consultation with the sector. This cyclical review phase will commence in 2024-25, coinciding with the anticipated implementation of SFC’s Tertiary Quality Framework.


Previously, the external review method in Scotland was called Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR). All of the higher education institutions who underwent ELIR will be included in Phase 1 of the new Scottish Quality Enhancement Arrangements and you can find a list of them on our Review Reports page.