Finding a new chapter and verse

Finding a new chapter and verse

On 11th October 2017 a consultation on the future of the UK Quality Code was published by the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) – a new committee made-up of the UK funding bodies, UUK and GuildHE with a remit to review the baseline regulatory requirements – with a deadline for responses of 13th … Continue reading

Update on the degree algorithm project

Update on the degree algorithm project

Two blog posts for the price of one Academic Registrars’ Council (ARC) Quality group event (see also Developments in the training of external examiners): – this update concerns Universities UK (UUK)’s project with GuildHE researching the algorithms used by the higher education sector to calculate degree classifications. The project was initiated by HEFCE via the … Continue reading

Developments in the training of external examiners

Developments in the training of external examiners

This post provides an update on the live project run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to develop a training course for external examiners. It follows-on from a previous blog post in July 2015 that described the proposals to develop such a course as part of HEFCE’s consultation on future approaches to quality assessment. As … Continue reading

A new model for TNE review

A new model for TNE review

In February 2017 QAA published its handbook for Transnational Education (TNE) Review, which is one part of the new quality assessment framework conceived by HEFCE with QAA winning the tender to undertake this particular area of work. TNE Review is ‘the review process through which QAA, on behalf of the funding bodies and the sector … Continue reading

PSRBs and the new quality arrangements

PSRBs and the new quality arrangements

This post provides an explanation of PSRBs’ interactions with the UK higher education system in respect of quality and standards, and their role in the new quality assurance arrangements from 2016/17 onwards. ‘PSRB’ stands for Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body; a catch-all term for organisations that accredit or recognise higher education courses against set criteria, … Continue reading