There is a real opportunity to provide better reassurance about reliable degree standards, but these standards will still be set and assessed by autonomous bodies.
There is media comment aplenty on the topic of higher education qualifications standards. Some of this comment is well-informed, some is not.
For some the new approach to quality assessment might look like more burden and bureaucracy. In reality it gives institutions greater freedom to work for their students.
HEFCE chief Madeleine Atkins on what a simpler, less burdensome QA system might look like.
Last Friday, as we were putting the finishing touches to plans for the launch of the consultation by the English, Welsh and Northern Irish funding bodies on future arrangements for quality assessment, the feeling was one of relief that we had finally reached the moment of publication.
That is the promise of a sector-wide consultation about the regulatory future, argues Madeleine Atkins.
UK higher education is changing. It has already changed more rapidly in the last few years than probably ever before, and it is likely to continue to evolve.