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1 Quality assurance and quality enhancement: working together to benefit the student learning experience Nick Hammond Director (Institutions) Higher Education Academy

2 The Academys mission To work with the HE sector to provide the best learning experience for students Through services to individual academics Staff in subject communities universities and colleges And responding to interests of our other stakeholders Students; professional & employer bodies Sector agencies; governmental bodies

3 QAA remitHEA remit Assurance and enhancement Defining standards & checking theyre met Supporting improvements to T&L Ensuring mechanisms for effective improvement to T&L are in place Overlapping responsibilities in enabling improvement Distinctive roles as referee and coach more External accountability less

4 Effective enhancement requires Enabling infrastructures and resourcing Alignment with academic values and culture Coherence across levels Policy, strategy, practice Agency, institution, individual Sound evidence base for interpreting, understanding, applying, evaluating

5 What the Academy brings (1) Working with academic values Cadre of academic & discipline-based staff Questioning, challenging, evidence-informed Gains from traditions of linking improving and proving, formative and summative Coherence across levels Working with and across individuals, disciplines, institutions Strong voice on policy fora (with QAA & others)

6 What the Academy brings (2) Development and use of evidence Supporting a culture of evidence-informed policy & practice The student voice: engagement, perceptions & experience Research evidence and understanding Evaluation of impact, closing the loop Plans for Academy Research Observatory

7 QA and QE: two sides of the same coin? Assurance a necessary, enabling but not sufficient condition for enhancing the student learning experience Contact Nick Hammond


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