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Briefing: Revised operating model for quality assessment

Reprort cover A revised operating model for quali​ty assessment was published by the funding councils of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday 18 March 2016. The document follows the direction set out in the consultation exercise conducted during 2015.

The new system will take effect in 2016–17 in England and Northern Ireland, while the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales will undertake a further consultation on the implementation of the same high-level principles and key features. 

Universities UK broadly supports the new risk-based approach to external oversight. It should enable resources in the system to be focused more effectively where they are needed. UUK will be working with the councils to ensure that the new approach works, continues to be based on the principle of co-regulation of an autonomous sector, and remains both robust and light-touch.​


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