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					The role of QAA and provision
  of educational oversight
              Carolyn Campbell
      Head of Networks and Partnerships , QAA

              Stephen Jackson
             Director of Reviews, QAA

                 Adam Biscoe
              Assistant Director, QAA
             The role of QAA
• ‘To safeguard standards and improve the
  quality of UK higher education’
• Review and report on academic standards
  and the quality of learning opportunities of
  UK higher education wherever it is delivered
• Access to HE regulator
          Educational oversight
           and the role of QAA
• Designated by UKBA as the body to provide
  educational oversight for higher education
• Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) oversight
  body for predominantly FE provision
• A majority of provision is higher education
  (otherwise refer to ISI)
• Employ existing review methodologies
  and standards
           Key features of QAA
             review methods
• Students’ interests at the heart of reviews
• Peer review
• Self-evaluation
• Evidence based judgements
• Reviews against the UK Quality Code
  (formerly the Academic Infrastructure)
• Published reports
            The Quality Code
• Frameworks for higher education qualifications
• Code of practice (10 sections)
• Subject benchmark statements
• Programme specifications
         Educational oversight:
         Types of HE providers
• Listed bodies
• Embedded colleges
• Independent colleges
          Educational oversight:
             Listed bodies
• Defined in the BIS Listed Bodies Order
• An institution must offer a complete degree course,
  leading to a degree of a recognised body.
  (Institutions which offer part of a degree course,
  ‘top-ups’ or contributions to a degree course are
  not included)
• An institution must offer degree courses. (Institutions
  offering diploma courses only, undergraduate or post
  graduate, should not be included)
• An institution must currently exist and currently
  provide degree courses
• Voluntary subscription
           Embedded colleges
• Offer principally pre-sessional programmes
• Close contractual relationship with a
  Recognised Body
• Physically located on the premises of a
  Recognised Body
         Independent colleges
• Predominantly offer level 4 and above
  programmes but not leading to a full degree
• Not an embedded college
 Review for educational oversight
• Independent colleges and Listed Bodies
• Self-evaluation
• Review team - 3 reviewers plus a Coordinating
• Preliminary meeting
• 2-day visit
• Meetings with students, staff and others
• 3 judgements
• Published report and action plan
                                  Indicative fees
                              Independent       Embedded college   Voluntary
                              college                              subscriber
Application fee               £1,450            £1,450             n/a

Review fee                    £17,000-£19,000   £59,000-£80,000    For HE student population up
                                                                   to 7,000:
                                                                   2011-12: £13,390
                                                                   2012-13: £20,549
                                                                   2013-14: £23,350
Annual continuing oversight   £4,000-£5,000     £4,000-£5,000      n/a
       Embedded college review
       for educational oversight
• Self-evaluation
• Review team - 4/5 plus review secretary
  and Assistant Director
• Preliminary meeting
• 2 team visits (maximum of 6 days)
• Centre visits
• 3 judgements
• Meetings with students and staff and others
• Published report and action report
                  Next steps
• 18 July 2011 - application forms and guidance notes
• 9 September 2011 - closing date for receipt of
• Mid September - publication of EO review
• 30 September 2011 - applicants informed of status
  of application
• 31 October 2011 - successful applicants informed of
  key review dates
• Autumn 2011 - Briefing sessions on the Quality

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