Quality assurance

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

This Way, That Way, Another Way road signs

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

Scales of justice

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’

Female Chinese student with book

Involvement in global quality assurance is crucial to signing up more overseas students, says Fiona Crozier

Men discussing paperwork on ship dock

European Quality Assurance Forum told ‘surprisingly little work’ conducted on value of members’ activities

Judy Clements, incoming chief executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

Judy Clements to join Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education next April

Grand opening

Mike Ratcliffe looks at why institutions have traditionally had to serve an ‘apprenticeship’, ahead of Green Paper set to change the rules

Derelict barn against cloudy blue sky

Fifteen per cent of recommendations issued to further education colleges by watchdog relate to courses leading to the FTSE 100 firm’s qualifications

Students at Al-Azhar University

Higher Education Regulatory Funding Authority set up with British support

Stepping stones

University Campus Suffolk researchers find ‘natural progression’ into higher education is not found at every institution

Abandoned Volkswagen Beetle

Move would jeopardise sector’s global brand, senior figures warn

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