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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education



​​​​​​​​​​​​We work with a range of partners with
an interest in the standards and quality
​of UK higher education. ​​​​​These include higher education staff, students, employers and professional bodies. 


Student engagement is all about involving and empowering students in the process of shaping the student learning experience. At QAA, we are committed to working with higher education institutions and students' unions to help them develop the tools to actively involve students in the organisation of their own learning and student experience.

We also work to involve and empower employers, higher education students and graduates in the process of shaping the national employability agenda in higher education. We want to build understanding and collaboration between the higher education and business sectors.

We collaborate with professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) to share information and experience, with a view to rationalising regulation. 

Our Quality Enhancement Network provides an opportunity for subscribing institutions to interact with QAA outside of audit and review. 

In addition to our partnerships in the UK, we have established relationships with a number of international quality assurance agencies and higher education organisations​. Our memoranda and agreements form the foundations of these relationships.