UK Teaching Quality Under the Microscope: What are the Drivers?

  • Robin Middlehurst
Keywords: Teaching excellence, changing government policy, marketization, de-regulation, UK higher education


Under the newly elected government in the UK (May 2015), sweeping changes to quality assurance and the regulatory system for higher education are proposed in England.  Proposals include a new emphasis on ‘teaching excellence’ to balance a long-term emphasis on measuring ‘research excellence’ and further marketization.  The UK higher education system has had a strong reputation for quality over decades, so international observers may speculate on the rationale for the government’s proposals.  This article explores some of the underlying political, economic and social drivers behind the government’s proposals.  

Author Biography

Robin Middlehurst

Robin Middlehurst is external policy adviser and professor at Kingston University London, UK 

How to Cite
Middlehurst, R. (2016). UK Teaching Quality Under the Microscope: What are the Drivers?. International Higher Education, (84), 27-29.
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