Quality assurance

UK government asks for new guidance to help universities tackle custom essay writing services

international travel

Fabrizio Trifirò explores the difficulties of quality assurance across borders

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Education ministry is analysing a report into the quality of higher education and may close down substandard institutions

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Author of paper into the issue says international higher education is a ‘long way off’ clear principles

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Despite having some questions about how the bill will be implemented, Douglas Blackstock believes it is a force for good

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Judy Clements warns English and Welsh universities may have to contribute more towards adjudicator to meet demand

Obituary: Peter Wright, 1941-2016

A sociologist who helped to forge new qualifications and quality assurance regimes has died

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Banning ghostwriting services from advertising won’t stop students cheating, but four simple steps could hobble them, says Geoffrey Alderman

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Treating students as consumers has precipitated a rush to the bottom to give them exactly what they want, says John Warren

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They can cause confusion about qualifications and embarrassment for institutions, so why are they awarded? Malcolm Gillies investigates

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Smaller, newer alternative providers are less likely to pass higher education review, analysis says

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Beefing up the independent adjudicator’s role would benefit the sector and students alike, says Matthew Wyard

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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

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

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