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The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is an independent body responsible for safeguarding standards and improving the quality of higher education in the United Kingdom.

The most recent Institutional Review of Trinity Laban was conducted by the QAA in March 2012 and the report can be accessed from the QAA's website. The institution has received positive judgements in all areas and holds the QAA Quality Mark.

Previously, following the review in March 2012, the Institution, in partnership with the Students' Union, agreed an Action Plan in response to the review, addressing developmental issues remaining from the earlier merger of the institution and building on the good practice identified in the report; the QAA has confirmed its satisfaction with the implementation of the action plan.

QAA Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education provides guidance in a number of areas on maintaining standards in higher education.

QAA Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications

The frameworks for higher education qualifications describe the achievement represented by higher education qualifications. They apply to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards granted by a higher education provider with degree awarding powers.

Subject Benchmark Statements

Subject benchmark statements set out expectations about standards of degrees in a range of subject areas. They describe what gives a discipline its coherence and identity, and define what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the abilities and skills needed to develop understanding or competence in the subject.


The Unistats website allows applicants to make an informed choice when deciding which university or college to apply to.  Universities and subjects can be compared via a range of statistics, including National Student Survey (NSS) results, destination of leavers (employability) statistics and entry requirements.


The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. The Council plays a key role in ensuring accountability and promoting good practice.