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Assessing quality of Higher Education evidence continues

26 November 2015

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee takes evidence from staff and student representatives, sector representatives and a panel on using metrics to assess quality for its inquiry on assessing the quality of Higher Education.


Tuesday 1 December 2015, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 9.15 am

  • Megan Dunn, President, National Union of Students
  • Sally Hunt, General Secretary, University and College Union
  • Professor Jon Scott, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), University of Leicester
  • Stuart Cannell, Student reviewer with the Quality Assurance Agency QAA

At 10.00am

  • Professor James Wilsdon, University of Sussex
  • Matt Hiely-Rayner, Head of Planning, Kingston University
  • John Gill, Editor, Times Higher Education
  • Nicki Horseman, Lead HE Data Analyst, Times Higher Education

At 10.40am

  • Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester and Chair of GuildHE
  • Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University and Chair of million
  • John Widdowson, Principal of New College Durham and President of the Association of Colleges
  • Professor David Maguire, Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich (on behalf of University Alliance)
  • Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham (on behalf of the Russell Group)

Chair's comments

On launching the inquiry Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee said:

"Ministers say they want to develop new incentives to improve teaching quality, tackling what the Government sees as patchiness in provision. The Government faces a number of challenges in seeking to introduce a new Teaching Excellence Framework – not least the challenging timescale it has set – and the Committee will be involved in looking at how this policy area develops from an early stage.

As a Committee, we want to scrutinise the Government's plans for assessing quality in Higher Education, making sure that any new mechanism is effective and works to strengthen the UK's world-leading university brand."

Further information 

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