Quality assurance

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

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The outgoing independent adjudicator talks to THE about eight years at the OIA and the future of sector regulation

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Critics warn against giving quality work to outsourcing companies

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Agencies could also be well placed to collaborate on monitoring higher education standards

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Decision has rekindled row over universities’ role in validating HE courses in FE

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Third of country’s higher education institutions were closed in 2014 after criticism of standards

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The most popular higher education articles of the year, based on website traffic

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Higher Education Funding Council for England says proposals will be reviewed but wins broad support for principles

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Durham pro vice-chancellor warns that institutions would be forced to challenge a worse-than-expected judgement

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King’s College London research finds that ability of metrics to predict problems in higher education providers is ‘extremely limited’

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