Quality Assurance and Teaching and Learning are important strands of work in Higher Education Policy Branch (HEPB). The Department is committed to ensuring that all HE students benefit from a high quality learning experience fully meeting their needs and the needs of the economy and society.
In a competitive world, attracting and retaining the best students is vital.  All higher education institutions need to strive for excellence in teaching to fulfill the expectations of their students and other stakeholders.
Quality and standards in Higher Education
The Department is responsible for ensuring that the quality and standard of higher education delivered in Northern Ireland meets agreed UK standards.  To do this effectively the Department contracts the Quality Assurance Agency (www.qaa.ac.uk) to safeguard public confidence and to encourage continuous improvement in managing the quality of higher education. The QAA works with the HE sector including government bodies, HE sector representative bodies and higher education institutions to define academic standards and quality in accordance with the UK Quality Code. They carry out and publish reviews against these standards. More...