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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Improving higher education

​​​​​At the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education not only do we safeguard the standards of UK higher education, we also work to help universities and other providers improve the quality of the learning experience. ​This is a practice that we often refer ​to as 'enhancement'.​

Our work to enhance the quality of learning opportunities

We support higher education providers in enhancing the quality of the education they provide, through the sharing of good practice and ideas. This is done by means of a range of publications, research and events.
 
Two of our review methods - Institutional Review (England and Northern Ireland) and Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (Scotland) - involve the exploration of a particular theme, providing an opportunity to look in more detail at a specific aspect of the student experience. In Scotland this work informs the Enhancement Themes​ publications.
 
In addition, we are sometimes commissioned to conduct research into particular issues or aspects of UK higher education, the results of which we make available on this website.
 
In August 2013, we published a suite of guidance d​ocuments​ (for higher education providers and current and prospective students) intended to encourage the provision of clear and transparent information about higher education learning. These cover workload, class size, staff teaching qualifications, and how institutions respond to student feedback.​​

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