Working Groups

Working groups explore topics of particular interest and relevance to the ENQA membership. This format allows for detailed research, discussions, and exchange of experience on a particular theme.

Current working groups:

This working group was established in 2023 to explore the state of the art of the assessment of research-based learning, institutions’ research policy and quality assurance processes of research.

ENQA members and affiliates are encouraged to propose ideas for future working groups to the ENQA Board and Secretariat.

Details of previous working groups and their outputs are listed below.

This working group was established in 2021 to discuss the quality assurance of micro-credentials.

This working group was established in 2021 to discuss the role of quality assurance agencies in supporting academic integrity and combatting fraud in higher education.

The working group aimed to explore the challenges related to the internal and external quality assurance of e-learning.

The final report of the working group provides some additional considerations for higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies as to how the ESG can be applied to e-learning.

The working group was established to support the internal quality assurance of ENQA Agency Reviews, in order to strengthen their consistency and integrity, and feed into a revision of the review model. To do so, the group analysed the outcomes of recent review processes, looking particularly at the agency self-assessment reports and the final external review reports.

The working group focused on mapping current practices concerning the external quality assurance of academic recognition among ENQA member agencies.

The final report presented the findings, identified challenges and provided case examples.

The working group aimed to provide an overall analysis of how quality assurance agencies are aligned with part 3 of the ESG in order to identify challenges and explore how current practices could be improved.

The final report focused on how quality assurance agencies approached the ESG standards related to system-wide analysis, resources, and independence.

The working group aimed to explore the concepts of excellence in higher education and discuss the implications for quality assurance.

The final report identified a range of definitions and approaches to excellence, presented case examples, and provided some reflections on how excellence can be incorporated into quality assurance and accreditation frameworks.

The working group aimed to take stock of the involvement of stakeholders in quality assurance and explore ways of strengthening the engagement of students, academic staff, and representatives from professional bodies/employers.

The final report maps the situations across the EHEA and shares case examples to support improvement.

The working group focused on identifying and supporting the needs of quality assurance agencies with regards to the development and
professionalisation of their staff.

The work resulted in a report on the findings, and a competencies framework for quality assurance professionals.

The working group explored the role of quality assurance in supporting the transparency and comparability of lifelong learning.

The report of the working group proposes amendments and additions to the ESG 2005, to ensure that matters related to the quality
assurance of lifelong learning are sufficiently covered.

The working group explored the impact of external quality assurance on higher education. It focused on understanding what kind of impact quality assurance agencies wish to have, and what kind of strategies they have in place to achieve and measure that potential impact.

The final report of the working group is available here.

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