Quality links

Key reference points

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)‘s UK Quality Code for Higher Education, including links to Subject Benchmark Statements and Qualifications Frameworks: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code

HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England): http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/assuring/

Wonkhe, analysis and opinion on higher education policy and politics http://www.wonkhe.com/

Data and reporting sources

HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, provide free statistics compiled from the data submitted by institutions: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/free-statistics

Unistats, a course data comparison site: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

Just one example of the many University league tables published every year: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) – an HE-specific think tank: http://www.hepi.ac.uk/

The QAA’s reports of institutional reviews (and variations thereof): http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports

National, developmental and representative sector bodies

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), enhances learning and teaching in higher education, for example through changes projects, professional recognition and enhancement surveys: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/

Jisc – driving innovation in HE, particularly in information technology: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

The European Dimension (Bologna process), aimed at fostering comparability in the standards and quality of higher education: http://www.ehea.info/

Universities UK, the representative body for universities: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Pages/Default.aspx

The National Union of Students (NUS): http://www.nus.org.uk/en/

GuildHE – a formal representative body for Higher Education: http://www.guildhe.ac.uk/

Association of University Administrators (AUA), an active networking body for HE administrators: http://www.aua.ac.uk

Quality networks

The Quality Strategy Network, a membership network of senior managers aimed at promoting strategies for quality enhancement: http://www.qualitystrategynetwork.org.uk/

The AUA’s Quality Practitioners Group, which has the aim of enhancing the professionalism of HE administrators who support the quality processes in HE: http://www.aua.ac.uk/pigroups-9-Quality-Practitioners.html

The Academic Registrars’ Council (ARC) Quality Group, a practitioner group to share good practice, exchange views and network: http://www.arc.ac.uk/practitioner-6-Quality-Assurance.html

Student engagement links

Sparqs (Student Participation in Quality Scotland), is at the forefront of student engagement activities and has a number of useful resources: http://www.sparqs.ac.uk/resources.php

TSEP (the Student Engagement Partnership), supports, develops and promotes student engagement activity: http://tsep.org.uk/what-we-do/

NUS Course Rep hub, provides advice and information for course reps and those supporting course reps: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/highereducation/student-engagement/courserephub/

Quality Matters, training and support materials from the NUS and QAA: http://qualitymatters.nus.org.uk/

Case Studies from across the sector: http://www.hei-flyers.org/wordpress/case-studies/


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