Quality assurance

Obituary: Peter Wright, 1941-2016

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

Elly Walton illustration (25 August 2016)

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

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

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