Quality assurance

German butter experts at work, Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover

Interim chief executive Douglas Blackstock warns teaching excellence framework will lack credibility without external assessment

Man held back by red tape

Increased role for governing bodies also questioned in responses to Hefce’s quality assessment consultation

Dominoes aligned

Report recommends that branch campuses are scrutinised within institutional reviews of UK awarding bodies

Bahrain skyline

Agency to design and conduct nationwide inspection regime

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister between 2008 and 2013

Former presidential candidate says institutions must deliver courses more cheaply and that student loan burden must be eased

Somali National University students, Mogadishu

The ineffectiveness of the Mogadishu government is not stopping university leaders from trying to drive up standards

Student considering plagiarism

Older papers with unattributed material had higher similarity index than more recent ones

People looking through a fence

UK’s quality body rejects funding council proposals to scrap institutional reviews

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Sector needs national standards and more industry links to drive and sustain economy, say experts

Dangerous currents warning sign on beach, Australia

QAA chief Anthony McClaran, who is soon to take over Teqsa, tells Chris Havergal that Down Under they have pioneered a risk- and data-based system

England, Oxfordshire, Henley Regatta, people under cover

Madeleine Atkins calls for ‘alignment and synergy’ between assessment regimes

Quality Assurance Agency chief executive Anthony McClaran

Former Ucas head to join Australia's higher education regulator

Two judges wearing identical tweed jackets are assisted by two other officials, also wearing the same red sweatshirts, are measuring oversized runner beans during the vegetable Olympics

Hepi report recommends more practice-led courses guided by employer needs, with further education colleges playing a ‘larger role’

Two men stuck in doorway

HEA proposals aim to address ‘cosy’ relationships and quality assurance processes

Rottweiler guard dog

Roger Brown weeds out ill-advised plans as he digests Hefce’s consultation on quality assurance

Evaluation button

ABI College investigation finds only two of 45-strong cohort have achieved intended qualifications

Woman wearing hat, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai World Cup

Universities face having to navigate two quality frameworks as Jo Johnson makes teaching excellence framework a priority amid Hefce reforms

Universities minister raises concerns about increasing number of students receiving top grades

A pen and a clipboard

Cost rises to £1.1 billion with FE and alternative providers added

Groundhog Day as groundhog emerges from its burrow

In this blog, news editor Simon Baker considers whether we’ve seen it all before with Hefce’s proposals