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Check out the NUS briefing on HEFCE’s quality assessment shakeup

Wednesday 30-03-2016 - 12:03

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have released new plans for how they will assess the quality of education in English, Welsh and Northern Irish universities.

Back in October 2014 HEFCE, DELNI and HEFCW, the higher education funding councils for Northern Ireland and Wales, announced their review of quality assessment in HE. Following the announcement and an initial discussion period, HEFCE’s principles for the shake-up were released in June 2015, to which NUS and NUS USI released a joint response.

After receiving responses from across the sector, HEFCE’s final operating model for quality assessment is now available. The new model, which will involve a four phase approach to quality assessment, will offer a fundamental change to the way the quality assessment is run, but still leaves some key questions unanswered.

Crucially, the model isn’t explicit about how a representative and collective student voice will be heard throughout the quality assessment process, particularly involving the design & development of courses, without there being negative repercussions for students raising concerns about their institution.

Our briefing on the plans takes a look at these uncertainties and more in further detail.

If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the higher education landscape is rapidly changing. We strongly encourage you to be active in this discussion by reading the briefing, speaking with your institution, other SUs and with the funding councils about your concerns and ideas.

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