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About Us

QAA Scotland is part of the UK-wide Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), an independent body which develops and operates quality assurance and enhancement arrangements that reflect the needs of higher education in Scotland. The QAA Scotland Committee has overall responsibility for our work.

Our work covers a broad range of review and development services aimed at supporting the assurance and enhancement of higher education in Scotland. You can learn more about our Enhancement Themes and International Benchmarking in other areas of the website.

Much of our work is part of the quality enhancement framework and we support and make use of the UK-wide Academic Infrastructure while developing it specifically for the Scottish sector.

Enhancement-led institutional review (ELIR) is one component of the quality enhancement framework (QEF), a radical approach to quality assurance and enhancement in higher education introduced in Scotland in 2003.

A strong feature of our work is 'partnership'. We work closely with the Scottish Government, Universities Scotland, NUS Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Academy in Scotland, and with staff and students throughout the higher education sector. Find out more about our partners.

Engaging with students is integral to what we do. We have taken the lead in involving students in quality management in higher education. We work closely with NUS Scotland and are one of the partners in student participation in quality scotland (sparqs). Every ELIR team includes a full student member and students are represented on all our working groups and committees.

Find out more about other areas of our development and enhancement work