Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “Effective quality assessment will continue to play a central role in securing our global reputation and providing assurances to students, the government, and the public more widely. It is important that this remains fit for purpose for the whole of the United Kingdom and in a significantly changed higher education environment, adapting to increasing diversity in students and institutions. The proposals set out by the English, Welsh and Northern Irish funding bodies pick up this challenge, setting out clear proposals for reform.
“Universities UK published a report earlier this year into higher education regulation. The report recognised that there have been a number of significant changes recently to the funding of higher education and to the range of course providers. This will inform Universities UK's contribution to this consultation. Universities UK will also set up a working group to play an active role in ensuring a positive transition to a reformed quality assurance system.”
The consultation document and associated research reports are available at: www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/review/