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Future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: consultation response

Consultations and responses
18 September 2015

This paper represents our response to the funding councils of England, Wales and Northern Ireland consultation on future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (June 2015).

Universities UK agrees with the need to reform the quality assessment system and are broadly supportive of the proposals set out by the funding councils:

  • We agree that the focus should be on establishing a baseline for entry into the system augmented by regular reporting by established providers on academic standards and student academic experience.
  • However, we believe that there is still a need for a single UK-wide independent co-owned quality assessment body to maintain shared ownership of academic standards, whilst accommodating the different policies and circumstances of the devolved nations.
  • It is our view that ultimately primary legislation will be required to ensure that appropriate organisational architecture and associated powers are in place to underpin an effective regulatory system.
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