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Next steps for improving quality and standards in HE - new regulation, implementation, course development, funding, assessment, and qualifications

March 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference focuses on priorities for regulation and the development of higher education courses going forward - and the adaptation of assessment and qualifications to boost standards and quality across the UK higher education sector.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss the issues as the OfS considers responses to its consultation on measures aimed at improving effectiveness and credibility in assessments and qualifications.


The proposals include performance thresholds, changes to the Teaching Excellence Framework to incentivise overperformance by HEIs in pedagogy and student outcomes, and the regulator having greater powers to intervene in universities and colleges with sub-par performance.


Further areas for discussion include priorities for higher education in the context of the pandemic and what has been learned from developments that made in response to it, including increased use of digital technology and online provision for driving up standards into the future.


Areas for discussion include:


  • quality of UK higher education moving forward from the pandemic
  • new regulations and their implementation
  • course development and quality, teaching, and accounting for employer needs
  • funding levels and grants
  • assessment, qualifications, and grade inflation

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Professor Andrew Wathey, Chair, UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment; and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University; Alex Bols, Deputy CEO, GuildHE; Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA; and Dr Charlotte Snelling, Policy Manager, Universities UK.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE, NI; the IPO; CAFRE; and the Welsh Government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles