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Higher Education: Standards

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on the decertification of university courses deemed not to be of adequate academic quality; and if he will make a statement. (178223)

Higher education institutions, as autonomous bodies, are responsible for the quality of their provision and the academic standards of the qualifications which they award. Individual institutions are therefore responsible for the quality of their courses. HE institutions are supported by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for higher education, which exists to safeguard the public interest and to help improve the academic standards and quality of higher education in the UK. QAA reviews since 1997 have consistently shown that high quality and standards are being maintained.