Fairness appeals

February 13, 2014

Your issue of 6 February quotes criticism of the decision by the board of the Quality Assurance Agency not to publish details of appeals against review judgements on higher education providers (“QAA appeals will be on the q.t.”).

The reason for that decision is simple. We think it wrong to publish criticism of a university or college when that criticism is believed by an appeals panel not to be justified.

If the appeals panel dismisses the appeal, we shall publish the review. If the appeals panel refers back the review judgement as being in some way flawed, we shall publish the results of the new review that was commissioned as a result of the appeals panel decision. We think it only reasonable not to publish a judgement that has been replaced by a new review.

Sir Rodney Brooke
Chair, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Retired academics calculating moves while playing bowls

Lincoln Allison, Eric Thomas and Richard Larschan reflect on the ‘next phase’ of the scholarly life