These are papers reports and notes that the Directors and Associates have written or to which they have contributed. They include submissions to public consultations.
AAA Submission to the DfE/OfS Consultation on the proposed Regulatory Framework for OfS and "Simplifying Access to the Market" (submitted 22 December 2017)
Comparative analysis of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, the European Standards and Guidelines Parts 1, 2, and 3, and the additional requirements of the Register Committee of EQAR, in EQAR 12.1
In this paper, AAA compares the provisions of the Quality Code and ESG 1, 2 and 3, together with the additional requirements of the EQAR Register Committee and notes some significant differences in coverage between the Quality Code and ESG Part 1.. The paper can be found here.
Risk, Regulation and Quality Management
In this new paper Colin Raban reflects on risk and risk-based approaches to the management and assessment of academic provision. The paper can be found here
Academic Governance. A Discussion Note
This Note considers how universities, colleges and alternative providers and their governing bodies might look at the constituents of 'effective academic governance' in the context set by HEFCE's Revised operating model. The Note can be found here
Academic Governance for Independent Providers
AAA's reflections on the responsibilities for academic matters of Boards of Directors and Governing Bodies can be found here
AAA's take on the Verification exercise that forms part of HEFCE's Revised operational model for quality assessment can be found here
The TEF and the ROM
An examination in July 2016 by Colin Raban of what we know about the TEF and the ROM, and how they relate to each other, can be found here.
In March 2016 David Cairns and Colin Raban asked whether HEFCE's proposals for a new Quality Assessment Framework would give rise to a genuinely risk-focused approach to quality assessment. The article can be found here.
In December 2015 David Cairns and Colin Raban were invited speakers with Professor Madeleine Atkins CEO of HEFCE, Geoff Dawson, Chair of the Committee of University Chairs and Liz Winders, Chair of the Association of University Administrators. at a Westminster Briefing on Understanding Changes to the HE Quality System. The presentation Colin and David gave is here
October 2015 AAA Submission to Select Committee for Business Innovation and Skills inquiry into the assessment of quality in higher education
A copy of AAA's submission to the Select Committee can be found here
October 2015: where do we go from here?
In an article in Perspectives in October 2015 the Directors asked where the quality assessment proposals from the funding bodies might lead. The article can be found here. A copy of the abstract can be found here.
Accountability and Autonomy
In September 2015 Colin Raban gave a presentation on 'Accountability and Autonomy' to a 'Leadership in Higher Education' programme held in Oxford.
In September 2015 Colin Raban contributed several sessions to a Thailand-EU Policy Dialogue in Bangkok. These included a briefing paper on 'Building a Quality Culture' and a presentation on 'Risk-based Quality Management'
June 2015: WonkHE
In June 2015, David Cairns identified blanks and omissions in the consultation document that the funding bodies had just published on the future of quality assessment. The article can be found here.
In December 2014 in the AUA Journal Perspectives, Colin Raban and David Cairns asked what might have contributed to the decision by the UK HE funding bodies (other than the Scottish Funding Council) to submit contracts for quality assessment work to open tender after placing them with QAA since 1997. The article can be found here. A copy of the abstract can be found here.
In 2011, Colin Raban contributed a paper on 'risk and regulation' to QAA's series 'Talking about quality.
In December 2006, Colin Raban and Liz Turner described how the 'architecture' of quality assurance in higher education institutions could be modernised through quality risk management. The article can be found here.
HEFCE Quality Risk management project report, 2005