De-designation of QAA as the Designated Quality Body in England

Closed 3 Mar 2023

Opened 8 Feb 2023

Feedback updated 5 May 2023

We asked

If you agreed that the designation of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as the designated quality body for higher education in England should be removed.

You said

The majority of responses (31) disagreed with the de-designation of QAA, while 15 agreed and one did not answer the question.

We did

Whilst we recognise that many respondents reflected positively on QAA’s work as the DQB, QAA itself has asked to step down. In light of this, and whilst we acknowledge the views expressed, it was not appropriate for QAA to remain designated.


We are seeking views on the de-designation of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education as the Designated Quality Body in England.

Why your views matter

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has announced that they will no longer consent to be the Designated Quality Body (DQB) after 31 March 2023.

The consultation is specifically on de-designation, not who should be the DQB in future. The Office for Students may consult on future arrangements.

We encourage you to read the consultation document before responding to the corresponding question in the survey.


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