Stick to the standards

August 2, 2012

Simeon Underwood is right ("Still stuck on the audit wheel, and we could do with a credence revival", Opinions, 19 July). In the new world of consumerism that now characterises English higher education, there is simply no need for the Quality Assurance Agency to inspect and pass judgement on many of the features that it formerly reviewed.

For instance, why should it be bothered with the accuracy of recruitment and publicity information when the Advertising Standards Authority can do the job? Why bother with facilities for students or staff with disabilities when we have the Equality and Human Rights Commission? The QAA should stick to protecting academic standards.

Geoffrey Alderman, University of Buckingham

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