Westminster Higher Education Forum

Priorities for quality assurance in UK HEIs - grade inflation, tackling plagiarism, and the future of degree classification

Morning, Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Central London


This seminar examines key issues for quality assurance in UK higher education institutions, and degree classification systems used by HEIs, following calls for the sector to take action on grade inflation, and the creation of the Office for Students (OfS).

In light of the QAA and UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA)’s consultation on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, which set out proposals for a new approach to the Code, delegates will consider the updated Code’s new ‘expectations and core practices’.

Bringing together further key stakeholders and policymakers, sessions will discuss the next steps for tackling ‘essay mills’, key issues around reforms to degree-awarding powers (DAPs), and the future for the degree classification system - including addressing grade inflation, next steps for Grade Point Average systems and the way ahead for external examination.

Guest of Honour

Ian Kimber

Director of Universities, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA

Guest of Honour

Ian Kimber

Director of Universities, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA

Keynote Speaker

Dr Geoff Stoakes

Head of Special Projects, Higher Education Academy


Lord Storey

House of Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education and Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students


Chris Rea

HE Services Manager, Prospects

Claire Skelly

Assistant Adjudicator, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Samuel Gordon

Research Analyst, Institute of Student Employers

Professor Julie McLeod

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Kate Wicklow

Policy Manager, GuildHE

Alexander Proudfoot

Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education

Dr Irene Glendinning

Academic Manager for Student Experience, Coventry University