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HEFCE, together with the funding bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland, is undertaking a review of future approaches to quality assessment in higher education. In January we published a wide-ranging discussion document which asks important questions of higher education providers, of students, of employers, and of other stakeholders about what quality assessment arrangements should be like in the future.
Today we are publishing two further pieces of research to stimulate thinking and discussion in this area.
We hope these studies will prompt reflection on cross-sector themes and issues, and highlight innovative practices that might, with appropriate re-design, be effective within our own future quality assessment system. We are not seeking formal responses to these studies but would welcome reflections on the issues raised in responses to our Quality Assessment Review discussion document, by the deadline of 27 February 2015.
We expect to discuss these studies, as well as the emerging outcomes from the Quality Assessment Review more broadly, at two national conferences scheduled for 20 and 30 March 2015. Further details will be available shortly.