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. It follows the universities Minister’s recent call for the sector to take action on grade inflation.

Bringing together further key stakeholders and policymakers, sessions will discuss the next steps for tackling ‘essay mills’, key issues around degree-awarding powers (DAPs) in a changed regulatory framework, and the future for the degree classification system - including initial outcomes from the Grade Point Average pilots.

Further sessions examine the challenges for widening best practice in the sector and tackling student plagiarism in UK higher education, as well as assessing long-term priorities for degree classification in UK higher education - such as the impact of the TEF.

We expect delegates Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with university Vice-Chancellors and Pro Vice-Chancellors for education and student experience, academic registrars, deans of departments, graduate employers, higher education lawyers and alternative providers of higher and further education.

Guests of Honour

Scott Court

Head of Quality Team, HEFCE

Senior speaker confirmed from QAA

Guests of Honour

Scott Court

Head of Quality Team, HEFCE

Senior speaker confirmed from QAA


Lord Storey

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


Samuel Gordon

Research Analyst, Institute of Student Employers

Professor Julie McLeod

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Alexander Proudfoot

Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education