Page 1: About this consultation

This consultation is being run by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on behalf of the  
UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) and all its members, including the four UK higher education funding bodies/regulators: DfE-NI, HEFCW, the OfS and SFC. 


UKSCQA provides sector-led oversight of higher education quality assessment arrangements that continue to be shared across the UK. The committee has members drawn from regulated providers in England and Wales, publicly-funded universities and colleges in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and providers currently designated for student support by the Secretary of State in England. Student interests are represented by both the National Union of Students and individual student members. Membership is also drawn from the four UK higher education funding/regulatory bodies, sector bodies and regulatory partners. 


In the context of the regulatory arrangements in England, UKSCQA membership includes persons representing a broad range of registered higher education providers. 


This consultation should be read in conjunction with 'Degree classification: transparent, consistent and fair academic standards. UKSCQA invites feedback on how the recommendations and proposals made in the report can be developed and implemented by universities and colleges and the collective sector to protect the value of qualifications over time - which is expressed as an Expectation within the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) 


Who should respond 


UKSCQA is particularly interested to hear from students, governing bodies and senior leaders representing the broad diversity of UK higher education, graduate employers and other stakeholders, including professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) across the UK. 


In England, responses to questions 11, 12 and 13 are specifically invited from higher education providers registered with the Office for Students. 


UKSCQA invites feedback on the relevance of the report’s recommendations across the UK, and on how the statement may be taken forward by devolved national sectors. 

How to respond 


Responses should be made through the online portal hosted by the QAA by  
17.00 on Friday 8th February 2019. 


For further information please contact Simon Bullock at the QAA: 

All answers provided will be completely confidential, and will be anonymous unless you choose to provide identifiable personal data in response to any of the questions. No personal data will be shared with third parties. Any results reported after the survey will only be in aggregate form, and individual responses will not be identifiable. Further details are available in our privacy notice.