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QSN is a membership organisation for staff with responsibility for quality strategy and management within UK higher education. It provides a forum for the discussion of key issues of quality management and enhancement, and organises an annual Conference and smaller symposium events to discuss specific areas of interest.

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11th Mar 2021 - 12th Mar 2021

15th Annual Conference – Hot Topics Revisited: The Roaring Twenties

With regret, we are moving our QSN 15th Annual Conference from Thursday 17th/Friday 18th September 2020 to Thursday 11th/Friday 12th March 2021.

At QSN and as with the sector we are moving our remaining Symposiums from face to face to online webinars which are detailed on this page. We are looking forward to holding our December Symposium as a face to face event.

We will publish details for our 15th Annual Conference shortly as with our Autumn Symposium/webinar programme. If you would like to take part in any of our QSN activities then please email Lee Jones, QSN Chair: chair@qualitystrategynetwork.org.uk
Details TBC
1st May 2020 - 1st May 2020

QSN Webinar: Building an Academic Regulatory Response to the Pandemic

The Higher Education Sector has moved online. Teaching is being undertaken remotely and face to face assessment have been replaced with alternatives. Over the next month the majority of undergraduate students will complete their assessment for the year. But the potential impact of the pandemic on student achievement is wide ranging; students may have caring responsibilities, may experience symptons, may be in an environment not conducive to studying. In this context, institutions are keen to reassure students that they will not be disadvantaged by under-performance in the last stages of the year, and Students’ unions are leading the campaign for “no detriment” – the establishment of a broader safety net that recognises the unique and trying circumstances and attempts to offer students the degree they would have got had normal service been maintained.

In this webinar we will hear from quality practitioners who will share how their institutions are developing academic regulations which will seek to support students in achieving their award or progression from one year to the next whilst also maintaining academic standards.

Speakers will present 7- minute ‘Lightning Talks’. This concise presentation format will enable delegates to hear a range of approaches to each topic and to receive a rich set of slide decks after the event.

This is the first of two symposia focusing on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on institutional quality assurance policy and practice, the second will be held on Friday 15th May and will focus on approval and review of curriculum and assessment changes.


QSN Webinar: Building an Academic Regulatory Response to the Pandemic
15th May 2020 - 15th May 2020

QSN Webinar: Programme Monitoring, Approval (Covid-19) And Benchmarking

Programme approval, programme monitoring and benchmarking processes provide assurance of the ongoing quality and academic standards of programmes of study and enable the identification and delivery of systematic enhancements to the quality of learning opportunities.

Changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to reflect on their quality assurance frameworks and to question if they remain fit for purpose. In the past, the sector was arguably characterised by a greater homogeneity of approach, with institutions aligning processes with the perceived requirements of QAA institutional review: now there is a sense of freedom and a willingness to adopt a wider range of approaches.

This event was originally planned to build on our December 2019 symposium – What’s in Your Institution’s QA Framework Nowadays? Since the event was published, however, the Higher Education Sector has moved online. Teaching is being delivered remotely and face to face assessments have been replaced with alternatives. Completing this year's validation cycle and planning for 2020/21 creates challenges in the current climate when institutions are also having to review quickly the fitness for purpose of exam board processes, mitigation, the operation of collaborative partnerships and apprenticeships and the role of External Examiners. Guidance continues to be published by the QAA, OfS and other sector bodies, all of which institutions need to consider when finalising their approach.

In this webinar we will hear from quality practitioners who will share how their institution has adapted its QA processes as a result of the changing external regulatory environment and as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Speakers will present ‘Lightning Talks’ on.

• Approaches to programme monitoring
• Approaches to programme approval and alternative assessments
• The UK NARIC TNE Quality Benchmark Scheme

We will be seeking interest from members and attendees to share institutional insights and developments with regards to approaches to programme review in light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. If you would like to take on a 'Lightning Talk' slot then please let us know: chair@qualitystrategynetwork.org.uk
QSN Webinar: Programme Monitoring, Approval (Covid-19) and Benchmarking

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QSN Webinar: Building an Academic Regulatory Response to the Pandemic

  The Higher Education Sector has moved online. Teaching is being undertaken remotely and face to face assessment have been replaced with alternatives. Over the next month the majority of undergraduate students will complete their assessment for the year. But the potential impact of the pandemic on student achievement is wide ranging; students may

Event Dates: 01/05/2020 9:50 am - 01/05/2020 12:15 pm
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QSN Webinar: Programme Monitoring, Approval (Covid-19) and Benchmarking

Programme approval, programme monitoring and benchmarking processes provide assurance of the ongoing quality and academic standards of programmes of study and enable the identification and delivery of systematic enhancements to the quality of learning opportunities. Changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to

Event Dates: 15/05/2020 10:50 am - 15/05/2020 1:00 pm
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QSN: Module Evaluation Special Interest Group 4.0

**This event is now full and bookings are closed**

  Several institutions are looking critically at their current processes for module evaluation and are fundamentally rethinking their approach.  At this meeting, we will hear from colleagues who are developing alternative models to module and programme evaluation, which variously seek to engage students more positively in the enhancement of their learning experience, increase

Event Dates: 24/01/2020 10:30 am - 24/01/2020 3:00 pm
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QSN Symposium: What’s in your institution’s QA framework nowadays?

**Bookings for this Symposium are now closed**

  Recent changes in the external QA environment from the OfS’s ongoing conditions of registration to the introduction of a new ‘slimline’ Quality Code have led institutions to reflect on their quality assurance frameworks and to question if they remain fit for purpose. In the past, the sector was arguably characterised by a greater homogeneity

Event Dates: 12/12/2019 10:30 am - 12/12/2019 3:00 pm
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Value for Money, Grade Inflation and their relevance to TEF

Universities are continually working hard to improve all aspects of their institutions by driving efficiency, embracing innovation, working smarter and learning from each other. On 5th November 2018 the Education Select Committee published its report on 'Value for money in Higher Education' highlighting the importance of HE as part of our wider system of education and the need to ensure that students,

Event Dates: 20/06/2019 10:00 am - 20/06/2019 3:30 pm
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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships: The Continuing Story………

********* Bookings are now closed for this event*********

This full-day seminar will give you a chance to listen to and engage with the current challenges, opportunities and institutional case studies surrounding Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The day will be an opportunity to gain a full understanding of Higher and Degree apprenticeship policy developments and best practice to help you

Event Dates: 05/07/2019 10:00 am - 05/07/2019 4:00 pm
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14th Annual Conference – QSN: The Hot Topics Conference

**Bookings for this Conference are now closed**

The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity in a sector buffeted by daily media headlines and in the midst of potentially seismic changes affecting the sector as a whole. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the Office for Students continues to adopt a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach,

Event Dates: 19/09/2019 12:30 pm - 20/09/2019 2:00 pm
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Academic Quality in a Data Driven Environment and Working with the Quality Code

** THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. TO REGISTER ON OUR WAITING LIST THEN PLEASE CONTACT CHAIR@QUALITYSTRATEGYNETWORK.ORG.UK **

As we fast approach the first anniversary of the launch of the Office for Students, the new regulatory landscape continues to be both familiar and unknown, but the role of Quality Management remains critical for the assurance of standards and

Event Dates: 08/03/2019 12:00 am
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13th Annual Conference: A Regulated Quality Future?

The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the OfS is adopting a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach, reflecting the significant changes to HE in the last 25 years and seeking to anticipate changes still to come. Familiar features – notably, the UK Quality Code – are also

Event Dates: 13/09/2018 12:00 am - 14/09/2018 12:00 am
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Measuring What Really Matters: Data-Based Approaches To Quality Management

The publication of the Office for Students’ Regulatory Framework for English higher education identified the monitoring of ‘lead indicators’ as one of the three core elements of what it describes as its risk-based and proportionate approach to monitoring and regulating HEPs. However, this is only the latest in a series of changes (not least the introduction of the Teaching Excellence

Event Dates: 06/07/2018 10:00 am - 06/07/2018 3:00 pm
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Social Media Materials produced for institutions to support victims of GBV

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New social media materials have been produced to help institutions across Scotland support staff and students who might be experiencing gender based violence.

Simplifying innovation partnerships

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SFC-funded Interface is making available free legal documents for innovation partnerships.

Why can’t Million Plus have any additional student numbers?

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Do the criteria for non-health care additional student numbers offer a preview of government policy focused on elite providers? For David Kernohan, that would be indefensible.

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Sticking plasters for the hardest hit will be in short supply in a pandemic

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Eluned Parrott argues that care-experienced and estranged students are hit hard by the pandemic – a problem that needs Government intervention

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We can’t separate the issues of race and reopening in universities

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Tahmina Choudhery reflects on social media conversations about race and racism across higher education following the murder of George Floyd.

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Disabled Students’ Allowance during a pandemic

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A survey conducted by the Association of Non-Medical Help Providers explores the Covid-19 experiences of students in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance. Graham Coiley takes us through it.

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Of knights and knaves – can universities be trusted to navigate through Covid-19?

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The UK HE sector has plenty of principles for managing quality during Covid-19, but there’s not much concrete assurance on offer. Debbie McVitty wonders how much that matters.

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Let’s lose the deficit language about online education

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Universities didn’t choose to pivot to online, but now they have, it’s opening up fresh conversations about effective pedagogies, says University of Bristol PVC Tansy Jessop.

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