Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

QAA Chief: End of Current System Could Lead to a 'Volkswagen-Style' Crisis

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

QAA Chief: End of Current System Could Lead to a 'Volkswagen-Style' Crisis

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Scrapping the UK-wide quality system risks a Volkswagen-style rapid destruction of the sector's global reputation, according to the head of the nation's quality watchdog.

Douglas Blackstock, interim Quality Assurance Agency chief executive, made the comments at the Higher and Further Education Show, a conference held in London on 14 October.

The current consultation on changes to quality assurance arrangements - following proposals by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to scrap external, cyclical reviews in favour of a system based more on internal monitoring by universities - could see different systems emerge across the nations of the UK.

Mr Blackstock said there should be a UK-wide quality assurance system that is "the responsibility of a single external body, as a unifying organisation for consistency across that UK system", but with approaches adapted to meet the different needs of the different nations. …

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