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The Scottish Quality Enhancement Arrangements that succeed QAA’s previous external review method (Enhancement-led Institutional Review – ELIR) are currently in development.

Following sector consultation in the 2021-22 academic session, Phase 1 - comprising Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) and Institutional Liaison Meetings (ILM) - will operate for the period 2022-24.


During 2022-23, QAA Scotland will consult with the sector and other key stakeholders, including the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and student partnerships in quality Scotland (sparqs), on the development of Phase 2 of the method, which is intended to commence in the academic year 2024-25 to coincide with the anticipated implementation of SFC’s Tertiary Quality Framework. 


Information on SFC’s development of these tertiary quality arrangements can be found on the SFC website.


As our work on Phase 2 progresses, we will provide further updates on this web page.