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Regulating Academic Quality in English Higher Education between 2010 and 2014

Bohrer, JN; (2016) Regulating Academic Quality in English Higher Education between 2010 and 2014. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis considers the development of regulation in English higher education between 2010 and 2014. This short period is significant in higher education's recent history because in this time regulation of higher education became established in a more explicit and transparent way. In the absence of a legislative framework, the regulatory approach to English higher education was outlined by the work of the Regulating Partnerships Group, through the development of its Operating Framework. This thesis argues that the consultative process used in developing the UK Quality Code for Higher Education helps to guard against producing criteria that are meaningless to a wider higher education community. Once established, this Code continued to contribute to a basis for regulation because it provided criteria for the review of academic standards and quality in English higher education provision. The thesis concludes by considering how the regulated (higher education providers) can play a critical part in producing criteria used for their own regulation by creating an environment of conformity based on reputational regard and civic community.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Regulating Academic Quality in English Higher Education between 2010 and 2014
Event: UCL London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from ethesis.
Keywords: Quality assurance, academic standards, academic quality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492801
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