Press release

million+ comments on HEFCE consultation on quality assessment

29 Jun 2015

million+ has commented on HEFCE’s proposals for the future of quality assessment in universities.

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University and Chair of the university think-tank million+ said:

“The consultation raises a number of complex issues and universities will wish to carefully consider their responses. However if the end result is that England loses an independent external quality assurance system there would be concerns about the impact on the reputation of UK higher education both within the UK but also overseas.

It is also important that the reviews of institutions that are already scheduled either occur or are replaced in a way that satisfies quality assurance requirements and gives universities confidence that their ability to recruit international students will not be put at risk.”


Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Nick Entwistle on 0207 717 1659 or
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. The consultation document and associated research reports is available on the HEFCE website:
4. The Quality Assurance Agency currently provides educational oversight of Tier 4 (i.e. student) visa sponsors as part of the Home Office Points Based System.