The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is currently reviewing the way in which quality standards are upheld and monitored in higher education institutions. At the moment institutions are subject to a visit by a body called the Quality Assurance Agency every five or six years. The last time Cambridge was reviewed was March 2013. You can read past reports for Cambridge here. As part of this process student members are included on the review body, and students at the institution are able to write their own submission which is considered by the review committee.
The main proposal is that universities conduct self-assessment and provide a range of metrics to HEFCE every year. You can read the full details here. In addition to this the Government has announced its plans for a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The full details for how this will work have not yet been made public.
CUSU is actively involved in ensuring that students’ voices are heard in the review of quality assessment and in the proposals for the TEF. You can read our response to the quality assessment consultation here.