Higher education in this country has an international reputation for high standards and excellent quality, in part sustained by the quality assurance arrangements that have been in place in one form or another for the past two decades. However, some of the pillars that have provided the basis for confidence about standards have been undermined recently – the external examiner and degree classification systems in particular. And the IUSS Select Committee caused a stir in the summer when they raised questions about the comparability of standards between education institutions. This seminar will discuss these and related questions, among other things whether it makes sense – and whether it is meaningful – to seek comparability of standards.
Speakers: Peter Williams, former Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for HE; Roger Brown, Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University.
A transcript of the main speeches from this seminar is now available in our Publications section.