Tag: quality assurance

Job opportunity at ENQA

enqaInterested in quality assurance in higher education and have relevant knowledge for the area?

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is an umbrella organisation for quality assurance agencies in Europe, with 40 members from 23 countries of the European Higher Education Area, and 49 affiliated organisations from 28 countries world wide. ENQA is currently looking for a Reviews Manager for its office in Brussels.

The key responsibilities for the position are to:

  • act as the contact person within the Secretariat for the agencies/organisations applying for membership or affiliate status;
  • coordinate the ENQA external review process and its overall follow-up;
  • coordinate individual ENQA external reviews of QA agencies;
  • coordinate the preparation of the reviewer training sessions and maintain the database of trained experts;
  • coordinate and contribute to the ENQA IQA Group’s work;
  • contribute to ENQA’s projects and reports;
  • undertake such other reasonable duties as the Director may request.

Duration: permanent contract
Start: September/October 2015
Type: Full time
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2015

Download more information about required qualifications and application procedure here (pdf)

New report from EUA on quality assurance

euaThe European University Association (EUA) has published a case study report, which in essence is a selection of papers from the 8th European Quality Assurance Forum that took place in November 2013. The publication is edited by: Dan Derricott, Helka Kekäläinen, Maria Kelo, Regitze Sparre Kristensen, Tia Loukkola, Barbara Michalk, Fernando Galán Palomares, Norma Ryan, and Bjørn Stensaker.

The European Quality Assurance Forum is organized by the E4 group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE), in 2013 it attracted participants from 50 countries, both academics and administrators, stakeholder and agency representatives as well as researchers.

The publication includes eight chapters, written both by researchers and practitioners. Two chapters focused on specific evaluation processes (Sanchez Chaparro et al; Ullern), and a third one on the implementation of the ESG on institutional level (Westereijden and Kohoutek). Furthermore, issues related on internal quality culture development were examined (Greere and Riley; Froyen et al). Furthermore, two chapters focused on student engagement and involvement first examining the role of students in external evaluators (Zhang) and in terms of conceptualising student engagement (Harrison). Engagement was also viewed from a more professional perspective (Vettori and Loukkola).

You can read the whole publication here.

Hedda podcast: Student engagement with knowledge as a means to define quality

Episode 44 of our podcast series features Dr. Paul Ashwin from Lancaster University in the UK. In the podcast we talk about student engagement with knowledge as a key feature of quality in higher education, and he reflects on some of the key results from a three year long study on pedagogical quality and inequality in the UK.

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Click here to download the Policy makers guide (pdf) that the research team has prepared based on the project results. 

View also the publications that the podcast is referring to:

Dr. Paul Ashwin  (Lancaster University)

Dr. Paul Ashwin
(Lancaster University)

Dr. Paul Ashwin is employed as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK. Earlier he has worked at the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford and Newham College of Further Education. His key research interests are related to the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education, as well as the implications of this for both policy and practice. He has also a keen interest on the methodological development of higher education studies in this area.

European Commission report on quality assurance in Europe

EUQuality assurance is one of the areas where European cooperation has advanced in a relatively significant manner over the last decade. Recently, the Commission published a new report on issues related to quality and quality assurance in Europe. The report refers to the 2009 report that put forward three main aims: to make quality assurance (QA) more transparent for users, to link it closer to the wider aims of higher education, and to further develop cross-border cooperation. 

The current report sums up the most important developments in quality assurance in Europe since 2009 with various available reports from sources such as EHEA working group, EUA, EACEA, IBAR and ESU. While progress is reported on most areas, it is also highlighted that linking quality assurance to concrete quality improvement processes and strategic work of the institutions remains a challenge. The positive impact of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) is noted, but it is also highlighted that their implementation has this far been rather uneven, and a revision process of ESG is now in process. 

The report highlights that the areas where more action is still necessary are in particular widening access, employability, internationalisation, improvement of doctoral training as well as human resource strategies. The need to shift attention to the content rather than the procedural aspects of quality assurance is highlighted in several parts of the document. Furthermore quality assurance issues are linked to mobility concerns and qualifications frameworks, perhaps a rather unsurprising linkage, considering that both of these topics have been a rather successful themes in European higher education for EU led joint cooperation.

2013 in review – Hedda podcasts and other available seminars and lectures

2013_2We continue our annual review of the yearly entries on the blog. In the first post we looked at the guest entries. In this second post we will focus on the Hedda podcast and varous other audio and video materials. Part three that will be coming up later will focus on Hedda news from 2013

Hedda podcasts in 2013

Our first podcast of 2013 was published in January and was number 37 in our series. We interviewed Dr. Don F. Westerheijden, who is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands. In the podcast we discussed some developments in quality assurance in the Netherlands, after a large scale public scandal highlighting doubts over quality in a number of Dutch higher education institutions.

In episode 38 of the podcast series, we talked to Drs. Frans Kaiser and Elisabeth Epping about the U-Map project, a large project examining horizontal diversity of higher education institutions in Europe and beyond, and to develop a classification of higher education institutions. The project is currently still in demo-mode, so the podcast will provide you with background information about the project. Drs. Frans Kaiser and Elisabeth Epping both worked at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands.

In our next podcast, we talked to Professor Isa Jahnke about ICT in higher education, where we in particular focused on digital didactics and some of her recent research on working with technology in higher education. Isa Jahnke is a Professor in Interactive Media and Learning (IML) at Department of Applied Educational Science in Umeå University, Sweden.