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Current Quality Assurance in the UK. Howard Nicholson University Librarian University of Bath. Current Quality Assurance in the UK. Why QA? History of recent UK QA Current QA strategies in UK. Current Quality Assurance in the UK.

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current quality assurance in the uk

Current Quality Assurance in the UK

Howard Nicholson

University Librarian

University of Bath

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Current Quality Assurance in the UK
  • Why QA?
  • History of recent UK QA
  • Current QA strategies in UK
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

UK total spend on HE: £16,625,712,000 (say Aus $40 billion)

UK total research grants: £4,015,079,000 (say Aus $10 billion)

UK total spend on HE libraries £603,726,000 (say Aus $1.3 billion)

UK total spend on HE computing £443,209,000 (say Aus $ 1 billion)

Library & Computing as % of total 6.2%

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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

EFFECTS OF QA

Consumerism:

- Public access to reports

- Media use for league tables

Money:

- Financial gearing of RAE

- Concentration in big departments

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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

THE ESSENCE OF QAA AUDIT

  • Evidence-based, on site, once in five years
  • Peer review, by visit and inspection
  • Scrutiny of internal quality assurance systems
  • Student-focused
  • All provision, including collaborative partners
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

THE ESSENCE OF RAE

  • Evidence-based, remote process, every 5/6 yr
  • Subject Panels of peer assessors
  • Evidence entirely made up of outputs (publications, grant levels, patents, etc)
  • Results for groups, not individuals, on numeric and star rated basis: 1 – 5*
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

THE ESSENCE OF TQA

  • Teaching quality, by visit, documentation and observation
  • Subject Panels: all subjects, all universities, six year cycle
  • Peer review team, with subject expertise
  • Learning resources specifically inspected
  • Results as scores, out of 24
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

INSTITUTIONAL AUDIT – CURRENT METHOD

  • Quality framework – QAA Codes of Practice etc
  • Self-evaluation Document (50-60 pages)
  • Students’ submissions
  • Visit by Panel, five days
  • Themes (4 or so) for “Drilling down”
  • Report agreed and published – outcomes limited to one of three judgements, e.g. “Broad confidence”
  • Concept of “Earned autonomy”
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

RAE 2008 – CURRENT METHOD

  • Quality profiles for all subjects
  • Period covered 1.1.2001 – 31.10.2007
  • 15 Main Panels, 67 Sub-Panels, 900 experts
  • Evidence: up to 4 publications; staff details; research student details; grant income
  • Web-based submission (details to be announced)
  • Results published Dec. 2008; no appeal
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Current Quality Assurance in the UK

QAA Website: http://www.qaa.ac.uk

RAE Website: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/assessment

Review of the Quality Assurance Framework (The Burslem Report). August, 2005

Howard Nicholson:

[email protected]

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