Quality Assurance in Education: Volume 6 Issue 3


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Understanding standards‐based quality assurance: part I ‐ rationale and conceptual basis

Norman Jackson

Examines the reasons for the strategic move in UK higher education to a new national quality assurance regime that is primarily focused on academic standards. Considers the…


Response to the QAA consultation paper on the quality assurance and standards framework for UK higher education

Christopher Greensted, Jonathan Slack

Following the fundamental review by the Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, under the Chairmanship of Sir Ron, (now Lord) Dearing, in July, 1997 (and Scottish equivalent…


What is the function of a university? Ivory tower or trade school for plumbers?

Brenda Barrett

In 1967 an academic wrote: “AA university is not a trade school for the production of plumbers”. He wrote about legal education which in England, as in many other countries, has a…


The challenge of ISO 9000 certification in higher education

Paul M.E. Shutler, Lachlan E.D. Crawford

Addresses the question of how ISO 9000, the international standard for quality management systems, may best be applied to higher education. Begins with a concise but systematic…


The use of assessment criteria to ensure consistency of marking: some implications for good practice

Mark N.K. Saunders, Susan M. Davis

Discusses the use of criteria in assessment of undergraduate dissertations. Illustrates how criteria can integrate both analytical and global quality measures of students’ work…


Quality assurance and the role of a national organisation involved in credit rating

Alison Smith, Stephen Tilley

This paper presents a critical analysis of a national organisation involved in credit rating, focusing on credit rating as a quality assurance issue. The organisation ‐ The…

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