United Kingdom (Scotland)
- European Higher Education Area - EHEA
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Governmental membershipUnited Kingdom (Scotland) has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since July 2014.
General information on higher education
Primary responsibility for the quality of higher education in the UK rests with the four individual nations (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), and with the individual providers, which are autonomous.
National external quality assurance requirements
External quality assurance regulation rests with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). All higher education providers in Scotland undergo enhancement-led external reviews. A new external institutional quality review method is currently under development in the Academic Year 2023/24.
EHEA key commitment
Fully aligned with the ESG
A fully functioning quality assurance system is in operation nationwide, in which all higher education institutions are subject to regular external quality assurance by an agency that has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG) through registration on EQAR
Cross-border quality assurance
Not recognising foreign agencies as part of the national external QA requirements
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
European Approach available to all higher education institutions
All higher education institutions with degree awarding power are able to approve their own awards and therefore they can employ the European Approach for the quality assurance of their joint programme.
Map: availability of the European Approach for QA of Joint Programmes