The trend in HE policy has been to give greater weight to genuine student engagement – but the quality code and OfS regulatory framework feel like a retreat from this. Xenia Levantis and Alex Bols have the detail.
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.
Regulating degree apprenticeships and approving baseline standards is very different to the usual process of awarding degrees. Catherine Boyd asks whether the current processes blur the lines of university autonomy.
The Open University was once a ‘challenger institution’. Liz Marr explains how it will support the next generation of new HE providers through its new validation service, and assuage the established sector’s fears about quality.
The government has responded to the TEF Technical Consultation and set out its plans in more detail about year two of the TEF. Ant Bagshaw gives his first take on everything that’s changed (and everything that hasn’t).
HEFCE unexpectedly announced the outcome of their quality tender on Friday, giving the lion’s share of the work to QAA. And with a White Paper out today that has a thing or two to say about quality, we ask: are the quality wars over?
The Joint Planning Group played a small but significant part in the history of quality assurance in UK HE. That was 20 years ago and it does seem as if we are now heading back to what the JPG was intended to solve. Part II of II looks at the work and outputs of the JPG.
The Joint Planning Group played a small but significant part in the history of quality assurance in UK HE. Paul Greatrix looks back at the work of the JPG and its role in establishing the system we know and love today.