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QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Southgate House, Southgate Street
GL1 1 UB Gloucester
Phone: + 44 1452 55 7000
Fax: + 44 1452 55 7070
Founding Date: 1997
ENQA Full Membership: 2000
Ownership: Independent organisation. Board comprises representatives of institutions, representatives of government funding agencies, and independent members.
Scope of Authority: All universities and HEIs in the UK. Collaborative provision between UK HEIs and overseas partners and between HEIs and further education establishments.
Agency's Role: To promote public confidence that quality of provision and standards of awards are being safeguard and enhanced.
Keywords: Audit: review at the institutional level with particular reference to the awarding function; Assessment: review at the programme level; The Agency is currently developing a new, integrated approach to quality assurance for implementation from 2000.
Methods Used: Institutional audit; programme review; special scrutinies (eg in relation to applications for degree awarding powers).
Review Outcome: Full membership reconfirmed 19 November 2008.