THE Article: QAA in the dark on 63 of 94 private providers (23 February 2012)
The QAA, which is responsible for safeguarding standards in the sector, made the statement to Times Higher Education as it emerged that private providers are seeking admission to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and to Universities UK, the vice-chancellors' body that represents the sector in negotiations with the government.
Minutes from a meeting of the Interim Regulatory Partnership Group, set up by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Student Loans Company to look at transition to the new system, state: "Both UCAS and QAA reported that alternative providers were seeking admission to their organisations and both were looking at their membership models. Similar approaches were being received by UUK and the Committee of University Chairs."
A UUK spokesman would only say: "As a matter of policy, we don't publicly discuss membership applications or terms."
Despite the suggestion that private providers are seeking greater involvement with the sector's key bodies, the private sector's overall engagement with the QAA appears to be limited.
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