Monitoring and Dialogue with Providers


Monitoring is an external quality assurance (QA) process of evaluation and analysis of providers' QA activities, which supports public confidence in education and training.  It is an external QA process that involves both routine and once-off evaluations, analyses, observations and recording of provider activities.

The QQI Policy on Monitoring was approved in December 2014 and outlines the overarching organisational approach that QQI will take to monitoring the qualifications and QA landscape.

Providers are ultimately responsible for the quality of their provision, the implementation and evaluation of their own QA procedures and on-going enhancement.  To find out more about our approach to monitoring please click here.

Annual Quality Report

​The Annual Quality Report (AQR; formerly the AIQR) is submitted by institutions to QQI on an annual basis. It provides details of institutions’ internal quality assurance. The AQR template has been developed with reference to the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area​ (ESG) and QQI's Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines.

Dialogue Meetings

As part of the external quality assurance framework in Ireland, QQI engages in dialogue meetings with individual universities, institutes of technology and Education and Training Boards. These meetings provide an opportunity for both QQI and the institution in question to consider a range of issues relating to the Irish QA infrastructure.​​

Information on the latest series of dialogue meetings is available below:
• Dialogue meetings with public Higher Education Institutions
• Dialogue meetings with Education and Training Boards