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10th European Quality Assurance Forum

Taking stock and looking forward

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field.

Hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency / UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

19 - 21 November 2015

  • The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.

    The 10th European Quality Assurance Forum, co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, took place on 19-21 November 2015, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency / UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom.

    Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2015 EQAF, entitled “Taking stock and looking forward”, combined presentations of current developments in quality assurance with discussions on research, policy and practice practice in paper sessions and workshops. The Forum provides an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and extend their professional development.

    Full papers and presentations, as well as video recordings of the plenary sessions from EQAF 2015 can be found here

    Forum objectives

    2015 marks not only the 10th anniversary of EQAF, but also 10 years since the introduction of the ESG and five years since the formal launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). With the recent adoption of the revised ESG, this year presents an ideal moment to take stock of the status of European QA policies and assess their impact on all stakeholders. The Forum will examine QA in the EHEA from a variety of perspectives and explore the ways in which concrete practices in institutions and agencies reflect European level policies.


    The European Quality Assurance Forum provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA). Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

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     Quality Assurance Agency                   UCL Institute of Education

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  • About the host

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    UCL Institute of Education

    The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education. In both the 2014 and 2015 QS World University Rankings, the Institute was ranked number one for education worldwide. It was shortlisted for the "University of the Year" title in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards.
    In January 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education programme.   In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the Institute’s research was judged to be world class. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff, and attracts students from over a hundred countries around the world.  
    Since December 2014, the Institute has been a school of University College London, formally called the UCL Institute of Education.

    Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

    QAA is an independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards in UK higher education. We put students and the public interest at the centre of everything we do.

    We are dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education experience they are entitled to expect.

    As UK higher education grows and diversifies, we safeguard standards and support the improvement of quality for students - whether they study at a university or college in the UK or in any other location worldwide where courses lead to UK higher education qualifications.

    Through our consultative and advisory role, working at government level through to individual organisations, we play our part in shaping the future. This extends to playing a leading role in international developments in quality assurance, through membership of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

    QAA is delighted to be hosting the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum in partnership with UCL Institute of Education.
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