QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

  • Substantially compliant with European Standards and Guidelines

Information on the agency's work

We are the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Our mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education.

We offer advice, guidance and support to help UK universities, colleges and other institutions to provide the best possible student experience of higher education. We conduct reviews of institutions and publish reports detailing the findings. Our reports highlight good practice and contain recommendations to help improve quality.


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Activities within the scope of ESG

  • Degree awarding powers scrutiny
  • Enhancement-led Institutional Review in Scotland
  • Higher Education Review in England and Northern Ireland
  • International Quality Reviews (IQR)
  • Investigation of unsatisfactory quality (concerning teaching and learning) in England and Northern Ireland (alternative providers)
  • Quality Enhancement Review: Wales
  • Quality Review Visit
  • Reviews of higher education delivered overseas (transnational education)
  • Reviews of​ professional programmes