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Professor Dame Shirley Pearce CBE [Note 2] has been asked to chair the group by the funding bodies of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland [Note 3].
The Steering Group will lead and shape the debate about how best quality assessment should be conducted in the future. It will oversee the mechanisms to gather a wide range of perspectives and the fora to ensure that these are heard, discussed, and considered carefully. The Group will gather intelligence on the operation of quality assessment in other international systems and in other sectors within the UK. It will draw on evidence from experts as it deems appropriate.
Professor Dame Shirley Pearce said:
‘In a fast-changing higher education environment, we need to anticipate future needs and ensure that quality assessment remains fit for purpose. This review is an opportunity to step back and ask what the very best quality assessment for our increasingly diverse higher education provision should look like over the next decade.
‘The Group’s first task will be to help the funding bodies to obtain views from a broad range of higher education providers, students and other stakeholders on future quality assessment arrangements.’