The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is the designated body for the assessment of quality and standards for Higher Education in England on behalf of the Office for Students. CADQ leads on ensuring alignment with QAA expectations and uses the advice and guidance as a benchmark for innovation.
The QAA sets the standards of UK higher education through the provision of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. CADQ ensures alignment of NTU academic policy to the UK Quality Code, and the Expectations and Core Practices therein, on behalf of NTU. Academic policy, regulations, procedures and processes are detailed in the NTU Quality Handbook – available to staff via the intranet (insert link).
The QAA's advice and guidance to providers is used as a minimum benchmark at NTU to inform best practice and innovation. An example of this is around assessment, where CADQ has led significant developments in degree algorithms to ensure rigour and fairness, responding to national concerns around grade inflation.
As the UK’s Designated Quality Body, the QAA also conducts reviews of higher education providers and gives advice on the quality and standards of providers.
NTU 2015 QAA Review
NTU was last reviewed in 2015 under the QAAs former Higher Education Review Framework.
The review found that NTU meets UK expectations in the following four areas:
- the setting and maintenance of academic standards
- the quality of student learning opportunities
- the quality of information
- the enhancement of student learning opportunities