Quality assurance

Small print

Three institutions agree to changes over fees, course costs and progression

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BIS-appointed anti-fraud agency says criminals could use photos to access latest designs

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Progress needed on equity, quality assurance and research, says University of Chile academic

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Consultation on ‘smaller’ watchdog comes after Hefce took quality assessment work in-house

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Quality Assurance Agency says university should even out disparity in number of tutorials and essays set by colleges

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OIA says recommended payouts topped £485,000 in 2015 despite reduction in the number of cases

Miles Cole illustration (9 June 2016)

The Office for Students will kill off institutional autonomy, says Geoffrey Alderman, and the sector has only itself to blame

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QAA finds lax entry standards at Cardiff college formerly led by principal with ‘falsified’ PhD

Colin Riordan, vice-chancellor, Cardiff University

As funding council plans to keep independent reviews, Colin Riordan says UK-wide system must be protected

Quality control

Agency is preferred bidder for four of six quality tenders offered by Hefce, alongside HEA and Leadership Foundation

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Contract terms bring criticism of funding council, but it defends ‘normal commercial practice’

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Theresa May said to want UK-wide quality system retained to protect overseas recruitment licence checks

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University boards need the right skills if they are to ask the right questions, says Gill Evans

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A UK-wide, co-regulatory system is pitched by the QAA at its annual conference while Hefce focuses on changes needed for England's market regime

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Hefce's new standards regime will enable universities to focus on what matters to students, says Susan Lapworth

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Involving companies in quality assurance described as ‘logical next step’

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Breaking up the quality assurance system would ruin the global reputation of UK higher education, Aldwyn Cooper warns

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Revised proposals may not lighten the burden on institutions, warns vice-chancellor


Funding council also plans to register itself as England’s official quality body

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Countries make a commitment to deepen partnership in quality assurance for transnational education