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Getting the UK Quality Code just right

The Chair of UKSCQA walks us through the rationale and reasoning behind some aspects of the proposed UK Quality Code, ahead of the close of the consultation period.

Understanding degree algorithms

A Universities UK/GuildHE report explores how a student’s final degree classification is arrived at, with the aim of improving transparency and accountability. Samuel Roseveare explains more.

Below standard: grade inflation in TEF

TEF will now include a new and controversial metric for “grade inflation”. But it may turn out to be the wrong answer to the right problem, argues Ant Bagshaw.

The student voice is missing from the TEF

Despite the White Paper’s championing of student rights and interests, Alex Pool asks why the collective student voice is not being given a place in the TEF.

Quality assessment through the looking glass

Following HEFCE publishing its next steps for quality assessment, Gordon McKenzie looks at how far the new system aligns with the Government’s priorities for quality and regulation in HE.

Who gains from the grumbles?

Steven Jones, lecturer and researcher into higher education responds to an anonymous academic who claims that “My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me”.

Redress must be at the heart of future HE regulation

Following the Green Paper’s proposals to create an Office for Students, Jim Dickinson argues that the sector and the government will need to go much further if they intend to properly protect students, and give them a voice.

Are UK universities being cast academically adrift?

On the publication of the Green Paper and the announcement of the TEF, US academic Christopher Newfield offers the UK policy discussion a view from the recent debates in America about learning gain, metrics and quality.

Proposing a sustainable Teaching Excellence Framework

As the Conservative Party conference gets under way and Green Paper expectations rise, much attention is focused on the principles and parameters of a TEF for HE. Stephanie Marshall sets out the HEA view of what that should look like and the risks of not getting it right first time.

Balancing the future of the quality system

Alongside QAA’s response to the Quality Assessment Review, Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development, shares thoughts on the ongoing process, and asks questions about how a Teaching Excellence Framework might work.

A tale of two quality systems?

As HEFCE publish their long awaiting consultation on the future of quality assessment, Mark Leach revisits the proposals, the debates around them, the early sector reaction and a muddled relationship with the emerging Teaching Excellence Framework.

A quiet plea for pluralism in regulation

Following speculation that HEFCE could bring quality assurance in house, Jess Bridgman calls for regulatory powers to be shared amongst different actors.

Regulation should be more independent, not less

As rumours fly of the sector abandoning QAA and quality review, Jim Dickinson re-assesses his own view about quality and regulation of universities – and calls for stronger more independent regulation.

No logo

Yesterday QAA announced it would be lending its previously protected logo to higher education institutions with a ‘confidence’ judgement, or those that had sufficiently changed their practices in response to a ‘limited confidence’ judgement. Anthony McClaran, chief executive of QAA is reported in Times Higher Education as saying such a mark will ‘improve public understanding of standards and quality in higher education’. I would like to question this assertion, along with the overall scheme.

Watch out for generation Y

Big changes are about to take place in UK higher education in response to the government’s plans to reform higher education funding, shifting the cost from government grants to student fees. Universities and agencies like QAA are thinking very seriously about how this will affect our relationship with students.

There is another challenge emerging though that I believe will have an equally profound effect on higher education, as well as providing great opportunities, and that is the arrival of Generation Y.