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Academics questioned on assessing the quality of Higher Education

16 November 2015

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee is holding an inquiry into assessing the quality of Higher Education. The Committee takes evidence from representatives of leading Universities.


Tuesday 17 November, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 9.15 am

  • Professor Simon Gaskell, Chair of Universities UK quality assessment task and finish group and Treasurer, Universities UK
  • Alistair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland

At 10.00 am

  • Katie Akerman, Director of Quality and Standards, University of Chichester
  • Professor Neil Ward, Pro Vice Chancellor - Academic, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University
  • Professor Graham Virgo, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, Cambridge University
  • Professor Belinda Tynan, Pro Vice Chancellor (learning and teaching), Open University

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."

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