QAA (Quality Assurance Agency)
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education.
They are dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education experience they are entitled to expect.
The QAA describes its role in the following way:
“We are independent of government and of higher education providers, and act in the public interest, for the benefit of students.
We develop guidance that is accepted by all involved in this important sector of the UK economy, and review higher education providers to check whether they meet agreed UK expectations.
While our review work is done under contract with the funding councils (the public bodies that help fund UK higher education), and our guidance is developed through close working with the providers themselves, we act independently of both the funding councils and the higher education sector.”
Further information can be found on the QAA website.