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Introduction of QAA
      Updated April 13, 2016


We are the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA): the independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education.

We are dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education experience they are entitled to expect.

As UK higher education grows and diversifies, we safeguard standards and support the improvement of quality for students - whether they study at a university or college in the UK or in any other location worldwide where courses lead to UK higher education qualifications.

The scale, shape, structure and purpose of learning provision are changing in the UK and around the world. We are uniquely placed to anticipate and respond to these changes in order to safeguard the reputation of UK higher education, support economic opportunity for the UK, and provide assurance to those who invest in and undertake learning.

Through our consultative and advisory role, working at government level through to individual organisations, we will continue to play our part in shaping the future. This extends to playing a leading role in international developments in quality assurance, through membership of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

Above all, we will continue to put students and the public interest at the centre of everything we do.

Our publication QAA Review 2014 explains more about the work we do.

Our Role

We are independent of government and of higher education providers, and act in the public interest, for the benefit of students.

We develop guidance that is accepted by all involved in this important sector of the UK economy, and review higher education providers to check whether they meet agreed UK expectations.

While our review work is done under contract with the funding councils (the public bodies that help fund UK higher education), and our guidance is developed through close working with the providers themselves, we act independently of both the funding councils and the higher education sector.


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