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The consultation was the second phase of the Quality Assessment Review initiated by the funding bodies as part of their respective statutory duties of quality assessment in higher education. The review was designed to be forward-looking and to ensure that arrangements would remain fit-for-purpose for the next decade.
The key consultation proposals were:
There were over 250 written responses to the consultation from across the UK and from a range of stakeholder groups. There were a large number of responses from individual student organisations. Analysis of the responses reveals broad support for the proposals and the general direction of travel, with all questions receiving more ‘agree’ than ‘disagree’ responses. There was clear support in a number of areas, including:
There were two areas where the difference between those in agreement and those in disagreement was much narrower: the proposals to place more emphasis on the role of a provider’s governing body, and to strengthen the external examining system. This suggests that further careful reflection and adjustment will be necessary.
Respondents also wanted the quality assessment system and the Government’s plans for teaching excellence to be designed and implemented as a single coherent system. HEFCE continues to work closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to achieve this important outcome.
The document sets out the outcomes of an analysis of the written responses to the consultation. It does not set out future policy.