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Institutional Reviews


One of QQI’s most important functions is to ensure that the quality assurance procedures of providers are effective.

This involves:

  • Statutory periodic review of providers

  • Establishing and promoting frameworks for the enhancement of quality assurance

  • Other institutional / system-level reviews

Our key approach is periodic institutional reviews of providers involving teams of independent reviewers working on our behalf. 

Our policy for cyclical reviews of higher education institutions is available here

Handbooks to guide institutional review have been developed in consultation with the following sectors: 

  • The Handbook for the Cyclical Review of Designated Awarding Bodies (Universities, RCSI and the Dublin Institute of Technology) is available here.
  •  The Handbook for the Cyclical Review of Institutes of Technology is available here.

The Comprehensive Schedule for the 2017-2023 Cycle of reviews of Universities, RCSI and the Institutes of Technology is available here.

Reviews and related documents can be found on the Review section of QSearch.

Focused Reviews

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 are available here