Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education (QAA)

QAA is the independent UK quality assurance agency that safeguards standards and quality in higher education; it is the only body officially recognised to undertake independent assessments and evaluations across the four UK nations which are used by all four national bodies to inform regulatory decision making. QAA works across the UK and internationally to raise standards and quality of higher education.

In the UK, QAA maintains the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, externally reviews higher education providers, and develops training, guidance, and events to assist providers to enhance the education they deliver.

Beyond the UK, QAA has more than 20 years’ experience of assuring and developing higher education quality to support the development of quality assurance systems worldwide. QAA has reviewed UK transnational higher education provision in more than 45 countries and has been commissioned  to continue this work until at least 2026.

Specifically for non-UK providers, QAA reviews and reports on the quality of their higher education and courses through its International Quality Review (IQR) method.

International Quality Review offers opportunities for institutions to:

  • Demonstrate that their quality assurance systems conform to international standards (ESG Part 1)
  • Evaluate and improve their quality assurance systems
  • Demonstrate that their quality assurance processes are effective and comparable with international best practices

QAA is a member of ENQA, INQAAHE, associate members of APQN, and is registered on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)