External Quality Assurance

The main external body for quality assurance in UK higher education is the Quality Assurance Agency| (QAA).

The QAA (in consultation with HEFCE and the sector) sets external reference points for higher education institutions in England. Institutions are expected to use these reference points when developing programmes and when designing their own internal quality assurance and enhancement procedures. In this way, it is possible to make broad comparisons about academic threshold standards across different institutions.

One of TQARO's roles is to consider these national reference points and to advise the School and its Departments on how best to meet them.

These reference points can be found in the QAA’s ‘Quality Code’. The Code is made up of three parts:

The QAA periodically checks that an institution's procedures broadly align with the Quality Code. This process is known as Higher Education Review|.

The School is also required to make available information about its programmes via the Key Information Sets (KIS|). These allow applicants to compare aspects of our programmes with those of other institutions. The KIS can be accessed via the Unistats| website.

For further information on external quality assurance, please contact Mark Thomson: m.t.thomson@lse.ac.uk|

July 2013

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