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What is the Unsatisfactory Quality Scheme?

The Unsatisfactory Quality Scheme allows concerns about higher education degree standards or the quality of the student academic experience to be reported to HEFCE. It began on 1 August 2016 and applies to all publicly funded higher education providers in England and Northern Ireland.

The scheme operates alongside a process for the investigation of public interest disclosures (PIDs). Both of these processes allow us to ensure that the providers we fund are run in the interests of students, the taxpayer and other stakeholders.

Information about the UQS process for providers

Information on the UQS process

Download the UQS_process_document as PDF (247 KB)

How do individuals use the scheme to report an issue?

Use the UQS to raise a quality issue