Whilst it is unlikely to outlive external examining, will TEF last as long as Audit and HE Review? Or will it have as short a half-life as TQA and Subject Review? Paul Greatrix takes us through a history of quality assurance and assessment in universities.
The current discussions around the shape of the TEF could be seen as just another phase in a long running debate about academic standards. It’s worth therefore going back to inform thinking about the future.