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QAA is committed to the Quality Code continuing to be a sector-led reference point across the UK and has followed a consultative approach to its redevelopment. 

 

The Quality Code needed to be redeveloped because of changes to the regulatory structures of higher education across the UK and the introduction of explicit tertiary approaches in Wales and Scotland. It also offered the opportunity to consider the direction, structure, content and presentation of the Quality Code to ensure it remains valued and useful across the UK, as well as supporting the international reputation of UK higher education. 


Latest news – Quality Code Advice and Guidance writing groups and development schedule


We are now seeking expressions of interest to participate in the writing groups that will create the accompanying Advice and Guidance for the first tranche of Principles (1, 2 and 8). See our news item for more information including the terms and reference and online submission form.

You can also now see the full development schedule or all three tranches of the Advice and Guidance.


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What are we doing to review the Quality Code?

In July 2022, we agreed with the UKSCQA that the time was right to hold a UK sector-wide conversation about the future scope and structure of the Quality Code, to ensure it remains useful to the sector.

 

We've already held a detailed set of conversations with our members, and other groups, to understand how they would like it to evolve. This included a series of roundtable discussions, sharing ideas with members through our existing networks and events, and also engaging directly with other sector bodies and groupings (such as Universities UK, GuildHE, Quality Strategy Network, Academic Registrars Council and related groups in the UK nations). 


We are first considering the ‘central’ part of the Quality Code (currently known as the Expectations and Core/Common practices), thinking about how that should be structured and what its scope should be, before looking at a realistic timetable for reviewing the Advice and Guidance. This work is cognisant of how the Quality Code is used across the UK, especially in those nations where it underpins external review arrangements.

How should the Quality Code develop?

From our current work and discussions to date, we think it would be helpful for the next iteration of the Quality Code to:


  • identify practice beyond the baseline, what does good or even excellent practice look like
  • be more explicit about the focus institutions have on outcomes, in addition to providing information about the kinds of processes and practices that will deliver those outcomes
  • continue to be UK-wide, so it should not be specific to the quality framework in any one nation
  • ensure it continues to be widely respected internationally, so it should be explicit about how it links to other frameworks such as the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).

Join the conversations

The review provides an opportunity for the sector to take ownership of the scope and structure of the Quality Code to ensure it is a valuable aid to institutional evaluation and enhancement. 

 

We have so far held a range of interactive online events for the sector to share their views - these workshops were open to all staff and students who wished to contribute to the discussions.

 

We have also held discussions with our members in a range of network meetings, as well as at our Member Network Conference.

Your feedback so far

This document offers a summary of the key areas of feedback we received from online events and a survey at the end of 2023 to early 2024. This feedback has informed the latest draft of the Quality Code, due for final, formal consultation in April 2024.


UK Quality Code Review - feedback summary (November 2023 - January 2024)

Publication date: 16 Feb 2024

 

On 25 May, we delivered an online event on the work undertaken so far and presented some conceptual models based on the feedback we've received. Participants gave us their thoughts on these models, on the future direction of the Advice and Guidance, and how we might embed enhancement into a new version.

 

UK Quality Code Review - workshop presentation and feedback (May 2023)

Publication date: 12 Jun 2023

 

This document offers a summary of the key areas of feedback we received up to April 2023, which helped shape the conceptual models being developed.

 

UK Quality Code Review - feedback summary (April 2023)

Publication date: 26 Apr 2023