One of QQI’s most important functions is to ensure that the quality assurance procedures of providers are effective. This involves establishing and promoting frameworks for the enhancement of quality assurance. A key component of our approach is undertaking external reviews of providers’ quality assurance on a cyclical basis.
Irish higher education institutions have primary responsibility for reviewing and improving their own quality and QQI is responsible for carrying out external reviews on a cyclical basis. The
Policy for Cyclical Review of Higher Education Institutions is available here.
As set out in QQI’s Policy for Cyclical Review of Higher Education Institutions, QQI may conduct a focused review of a provider’s QA procedures from time to time, as it considers appropriate, or in response to concerns that have come to its attention in relation to the implementation and effectiveness of a provider’s QA procedures (Section 34 (1)(b) of the 2012 Act).
Procedures for Focused Reviews by QQI of the Implementation and Effectiveness of Provider QA Procedures
In 2016, QQI were approached by the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (Luxembourg’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research) and requested to conduct a review of Institut Universitaire International Luxembourg (IUIL). This was the first time QQI carried out an institutional review of an overseas institution on behalf of another organisation. Further information is available
here and on the Review section of
Delegation of Authority
Reengagement with Providers
Reengagement Process for Independent and Private Providers
Monitoring and Dialogue with Providers