Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education
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Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education

Edited by Ellen Hazelkorn, Hamish Coates and Alexander C. McCormick

As higher education becomes a key determinant for economic competitiveness, institutions face increasing pressure to demonstrate their fitness to meet the needs of society and individuals. Blending innovative research with richly contextualised examples this unique Research Handbook provides authoritative insights from around the globe on how best to understand, assess and improve quality, performance and accountability in higher education.
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Chapter 35: Changing patterns of accountability in the UK: from QA to TEF

Roger Brown

Abstract

This chapter discusses the main changes in quality assurance in the UK, and specifically England, between 1992 and March 2017. It summarises the main developments, offers an analysis of the causes, and discusses changes in the balance of accountability. The central argument is that accountability for quality in English higher education is shifting away from the academy to a combination of increased accountability to the state and the market, with uncertain but probably damaging impacts on both quality assurance and quality.

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