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The policy sets out steps that will be taken where a higher education institution or further education college has failed to address issues of unsatisfactory quality under the existing processes.

Such failures might include an institution that has received two successive 'no confidence' judgements in audits for quality and standards carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA); or where an institution does not agree to, or satisfactorily progress, an action plan following a 'no confidence' judgement.

HEFCE has developed the policy following consultation with the higher education sector, and discussion with Universities UK, Guild HE, the Association of Colleges, the Learning and Skills Council, and the QAA.

  • Policy for addressing unsatisfactory quality in institutions (HEFCE 2009/31)