We are the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA): the independent body entrusted with monitoring, and advising on, standards and quality in UK higher education.
There are three million students studying in UK higher education. Our job is to make sure that their learning experiences are up to the mark. Our mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education wherever it is delivered around the world.
We fulfil our mission by developing guidance that is accepted by all involved in this important sector of the UK economy, and by reviewing higher education providers to check whether they meet agreed UK expectations.
While our review work is done under contract with the funding councils (the public bodies that help fund UK higher education), and our guidance is developed through close working with the higher education providers themselves, we act independently of both the funding councils and the higher education sector.
We work from London, Gloucester, Glasgow and Cardiff and what we do is varied, from conducting reviews and research through to developing new business and working internationally, all supported by our in-house PR, communications, technology, finance, business services and HR teams. At QAA everyone has access to training and development and is part of an open and inclusive working culture.
In 2013, we achieved Silver recognition in the Investors in People (IIP) scheme, which helps organisations improve their performance. We have held IIP accreditation since 2007 and recognise that the strengths, ambitions and ideas of the people that work for us are the key to our success