Quality Assessment, Assurance & Enhancement
Our Policy Position
This area is usually split into two aspects – Quality and Standards.
Quality looks at the learning opportunities and how these might be enhanced. The Quality Code is a key mechanism for this.
Standards describe the threshold level for the award of a qualification or academic credit. HE Providers with their own degree awarding powers set and maintain these standards within national and international frameworks including the Framework for HE Qualifications, Subject Benchmarks and the requirements from Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs).
There are two live issues relating to standards at the moment, Grade inflation and essay mills.
GuildHE is currently working with QAA and UniversitiesUK on a project exploring grade improvement/inflation. The project builds on the Oct 2017 report on degree algorithms that we produced with UUK.
Essay Mills has recently been an issue in the press, with 45 university
Quality is assessed and assured through a number of internal and external processes. Most institutions will have their own quality procedures which
Links to our work
GuildHE Reports and Consultation Responses
Understanding Degree Algorithms (with UUK) (Oct 2017)
Recognising achievement, not putting a quota on success (Alex Bols, Feb 2019)
Quality Code – don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater (Alex Bols, Nov 2017)
Future of Quality Assessment (Alex Bols, Sept 2015)
GuildHE runs a network for quality managers and quality related staff within members. It usually meets three or four times a year, including a joint meeting in September with the students’ union network.
The next meeting will be 11th January 2019, Woburn House London.
Chair: Jon Renyard, University Secretary and Registrar, Arts University Bournemouth
For more information contact: Alex Bols