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The consultation has now closed. To discuss, or comment on, the proposals please email us:


1. This document sets out for consultation the proposals of the three higher education (HE) funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for future approaches to quality assessment. The consultation represents the next phase of the Quality Assessment Review initiated by the funding bodies in October 2014 as part of each funding body’s statutory duty for quality assessment in higher education.

Action required

2. Please respond by noon on Friday 18 September 2015 using the online form. Those responding in relation to the proposals as they would apply in Wales should do so by noon on Monday 31 August 2015 using the same form.

View the supporting research and related information.

Wales: more about how Wales is taking forward future approaches to quality assessment

Date: 29 June 2015

Ref: HEFCE 2015/11

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions
Chairs of governing bodies of HEIs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; Heads of other higher education providers; Students’ representatives; Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies; Key stakeholders with an interest or involvement in the regulation of higher education; Individuals and organisations with an interest in quality assessment in higher education

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Quality assessment and quality assurance, Academic governance, Student information

Enquiries should be directed to:

Sally Brown, tel 0117 931 7033, email