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Douglas Blackstock

Chief Executive
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) (Confirmed)

Douglas has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015. His work includes leading QAA’s contribution to the current changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape in England and across the UK, and QAA's role in developing the Teaching Excellence Framework alongside other sector partners. Douglas joined QAA in 2002 and was previously Director of Resources, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary. He led QAA's work on student engagement for a number of years, and was a member of the NUS & UUK-led Student Charter Group and subsequent Fram​ework for Partnership Group. He is active in the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and chaired the ENQA Staff Development Group.

  • Update on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education to be published in November 2018
  • Assessing the future powers and responsibilities of the QAA in relation to the OfS
  • UK transnational education (TNE): opportunities and challenges
  • Ensuring that the quality of UK HE provision and student experience is recognised and maintained