|Innovations in Assuring the Quality of Teaching & Learning - The Changing UK Landscape
|Mr Ian Kimber (Director of Universities, Quality Enhancement and Standards, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, United Kingdom)|
Quality assurance across the globe is being asked to respond to a range of drivers, and needs to be flexible and responsive in order to remain relevant. The UK is a case in point, with the nations that make up the union each having increasingly divergent needs and expectations of HE quality assurance. The UK is the ‘experimental sandpit of QA’, each corner adapting differently in response to these external drivers and the nature of its sector.
Nonetheless, all of the national approaches have fundamental features in common that bind them as UK HE
The UK experience shows how HE quality assurance can be adaptable while still assuring the quality of the student academic experience in a coherent framework.
Ian joined QAA in February 2015. He leads on engagement with universities and services for subscribers, including enhancement, and oversees QAA’s stewardship of the Quality Code and associated external quality reference points. He also leads on QAA’s innovation and enterprise activity.
Ian came to QAA from the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). He developed TEQSA’s regulatory and quality assurance processes, before being appointed Executive Director, Regulation and Review, a position he held for three years. He was previously Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education for the State Government of Queensland for seven years, and during this time had responsibility for the regulation of vocational education and training and non-state schools.