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Teaching Quality Information

Thu 4th Feb, 2010

The publication of Teaching Quality Information (TQI) forms part of our quality assurance framework and incorporates the National Student Survey (NSS), the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) and statistics derived from data collected through the Higher Education Statistics Agency and Independent Learner Record.


Unistats web-site

As a result of the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) review outcomes, from 2007 the TQI data have been published on the Unistats web-site. Data on Unistats include the NSS results, and data on students' entry qualifications, progression through course, degree results, and data showing the types of career and further study that students go on to.

UCAS developed and manages the Unistats site on behalf of HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland), and the Scottish Funding Council. The site was launched on 26 November 2007 and will continue to be reviewed as necessary.

Most of the information on the Unistats site, including the NSS results, is published by subject area for each institution. The data are effectively owned by the sector although ultimate responsibility for the site rests with HEFCE.

Steering group

The TQI initiative, including the NSS, is overseen by a steering group, chaired by Professor Janet Beer (Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford Brookes). Issues relating specifically to TQI in HE in further education colleges (FECS) are overseen by an HE in FECs steering group chaired by Jim Mutton, Principal of Loughborough College.

Review of TQI

The TQI steering group are currently carrying out a review of policy in this area as part of our discussions with other stakeholders about the future of quality assurance. The outcomes of this review must be acceptable to all joint funders (HEFCE, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, SFH and the Training and Development Agency for Schools) and joint owners of the QAF: Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE along with the key stakeholders the NUS and Association of Colleges.

We anticipate that the review will lead to a joint consultation with UUK and GuildHE in Autumn 2010. We envisage that this will set out:

  • proposals for a revised information set
  • proposals for the publication of that information and who should be responsible for making information available (including the future of, and proposals for changes to the NSS)
  • where future work will be required and relate to ongoing discussions around the handling of public information in QAA institutional audit.

In order to develop consultation proposals the steering group has commissioned Oakleigh Consulting and Staffordshire University to undertake primary research into the information needs of a range of prospective users of information about HE. They will be examining what information is wanted and needed, how it should be presented, who should be responsible and how that should inform advice and guidance to students.

Further information

For further information on TQI contact Julia Moss, e-mail, tel 0117 931 7453.