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Dangerous currents warning sign on beach, Australia

Australia can help England along the QA path ahead

QAA chief Anthony McClaran, who is soon to take over Teqsa, tells Chris Havergal that Down Under they have pioneered a risk- and data-based system

England, Oxfordshire, Henley Regatta, people under cover

Quality assurance and TEF should be ‘one system’, says Hefce head

Madeleine Atkins calls for ‘alignment and synergy’ between assessment regimes

Quality Assurance Agency chief executive Anthony McClaran

Anthony McClaran to leave QAA and take over at Teqsa

Former Ucas head to join Australia's higher education regulator

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‘Healthy competition’ for technical courses ‘would boost productivity’

Hepi report recommends more practice-led courses guided by employer needs, with further education colleges playing a ‘larger role’

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External examiners should be independent, says report

HEA proposals aim to address ‘cosy’ relationships and quality assurance processes

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QAA: A watchdog is for life

Roger Brown weeds out ill-advised plans as he digests Hefce’s consultation on quality assurance

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Private college’s retention rates ‘unsatisfactory’, says QAA

ABI College investigation finds only two of 45-strong cohort have achieved intended qualifications

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Twin policies risk a rebirth of dual system, warn sector figures

Universities face having to navigate two quality frameworks as Jo Johnson makes teaching excellence framework a priority amid Hefce reforms

TEF will tackle grade inflation, says Johnson

Universities minister raises concerns about increasing number of students receiving top grades

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Quality assurance burden £1 billion, says study

Cost rises to £1.1 billion with FE and alternative providers added

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News blog: Groundhog Day for quality assurance?

In this blog, news editor Simon Baker considers whether we’ve seen it all before with Hefce’s proposals

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Quality assessment that the academy can embrace

That is the promise of a sector-wide consultation about the regulatory future, argues Madeleine Atkins

Quality assurance to face overhaul

New system to ‘put student needs at the centre’

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End of regular reviews could devalue UK’s quality currency

Irish regulator warns of potential threat of QAA’s move to risk-based review system

Quality Assurance Agency chief executive Anthony McClaran

QAA chief: do not ignore support for peer review

The UK’s “internationally admired system of peer review” should remain part of any future higher education quality assurance system, the head of the sector’s standards watchdog has said.

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Half of universities have ‘made changes to degree algorithms’

Higher Education Academy report into quality assessment recommends creation of a task force to establish guidelines around the 2:1-2:2 borderline

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Why retire higher education’s watchdog?

The Quality Assurance Agency carries out work of national importance. G. R. Evans questions the wisdom behind outsourcing its duties

QAA reviews ‘could be abolished’

Institutional reviews by the Quality Assurance Agency could become a thing of the past in favour of more robust internal monitoring by universities themselves, a draft policy paper suggests.

QAA’s lips are sealed about critical findings in second case

Details of another appeal kept secret despite chief executive’s promise to reveal information

Further education college HE course criticised by QAA

Concerns investigation reveals problems with course launched in conjunction with private company

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