The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) provides a helpful arena for discussing UK-wide issues in which the OfS has an interest.
UKSCQA provides oversight of those higher education quality assessment arrangements that continue to be shared across the UK. It draws on expertise from across the higher education sector. Membership includes the four UK higher education regulators and funding bodies, sector body representatives, academics and students.
Currently the Committee has responsibility for:
- strategic oversight of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education
- ensuring the reliability of degree standards, which includes developing training for external examiners, understanding new approaches to the calibration of standards, and supporting a sector-led project investigating the drivers of grade inflation
- advising on the support required by governing bodies as they exercise effective oversight of academic governance
- developing and providing a strategic understanding of transnational education, which includes reviewing transnational education activities and maintaining the reputation of UK higher education overseas system as a whole.
Find more information on the UKSCQA website.
The Office for Students works with a number of organisations to deliver projects related to the quality of higher education provision in England. These projects are overseen by the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA).
Advance HE: Degree Standards project
Advance HE is undertaking a project to support the comparability of degree standards across providers, and the maintenance of degree standards over time. In order to achieve this, Advance HE is delivering generic training to strengthen the external examining system, which is one of the core methods for maintaining degree standards across the UK. They are also working with a selection of subject associations and Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies to explore methods to improve subject-specific comparability of standards. This project started in 2016, and will continue until July 2021.
Find more information on the Advance HE website.
Advance HE: Governing Bodies project
Advance HE has been investigating the experience and skills of governing bodies in higher education in terms of their oversight of academic matters within a provider. Advance HE has designed and tested approaches to providing additional support for governors in meeting their responsibilities, and has made support materials publicly available. This project started in 2016, and will continue until December 2018.
Find more information, and materials for governors, on the Advance HE website.