Accreditation and Quality Assurance Toolkit: Scotland

When launching new programmes or reviewing or making changes to existing ones, you’ll need to go through your own institution’s internal validation process (your Registry or similar function will be able to advise on this), as well as considering the Quality Assurance Agency’s subject benchmarks. You’ll also need to consider whether you wish to have the programme accredited by the appropriate professional institution.

A distinctive approach to quality is taken in Scotland- the Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) – which has been developed since 2003 under the guidance of the Universities’ Quality Working Group (UQWG). The Enhancement Themes are selected by the Scottish higher education sector and they provide a means for institutions, academic staff, support staff and students to work together in enhancing the learning experience. Support for the Enhancement Themes is provided by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education, Scotland (QAA). Each Theme facilitates both sharing and learning from current and innovative national and international practice. In addition, the Themes promote the collective development of new ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching.

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