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In March 2018 the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA), published the newly revised code of expectations, practices, and advice & guidance for higher education providers, following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the HE sector. A full version of the Quality Code is due to be published in November 2018, which will expand upon the “advice and guidance” alluded to in March’s publication.
This Quality Code constitutes a central component of the HE regulatory architecture, which has been evolving since the passage of the Higher Education Research Act in April 2017, establishing two new statutory bodies: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Office for Students (OfS). Furthermore, the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, and the ongoing development of a more holistic Knowledge Exchange Framework, mean universities across England are constantly having to adapt their institutional arrangements, practices and structures to ensure that they continue to deliver exceptional quality and standards for their student bodies. Moreover, the 2018 QAA Quality Code has placed a renewed emphasis on the themes of student engagement, staff development, recruitment and widening access, programme design, employability, and utilising external expertise.
Due to the significant regulatory changes within the HE sector over the course of the last few years, it is imperative that universities and alternative HE providers learn from one another about how best to maintain, promote and enhance the quality of their academic provision within an increasingly competitive landscape and a complex, multi-institutional regulatory system.
This one day forum will provide attendees with an update on the QAA’s newly revised code of expectations, practices, and advice and guidance for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). With the full Quality Code due to be published by November 2018, senior officials from Higher Education (HE) regulatory agencies will guide discussions on the broad policy themes, issues and challenges relating to the advancement of quality and standards across HEIs. In addition, a series of best practice case studies will demonstrate excellence in student engagement, staff development, widening access, programme design and development and teaching and learning, all of which face renewed emphasis under the new Quality Code.
Key speakers include:
• Maureen Mclaughlin, Head of Universities and Standards, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
• Gordon McKenzie, CEO, Guild HE
• Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive, MillionPlus.
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