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Quality Enhancement

​Promoting Effective Practice

We are always trying to improve quality assurance. We do this through a formal process known as Quality Enhancement, which involves promoting and spreading effective practice in an ever-evolving quality assurance system.


Quality in an Era of Diminishing Resources, 2016
This report, published in March 2016, is an analysis of published quality review reports of public higher education institutions in Ireland in the period 2008-2015. The report focuses specifically on the perceived impact of reduced funding on the quality of teaching and learning. Click here to read a copy of the report.

Review of Reviews, 2014
We published an analysis of key themes emerging from the institutional reviews of legacy bodies to help us identify areas for enhancement in the higher education sector. Click here for the report published in 2014.


Internationalisation - a driver of quality in Irish Higher Education, December 2017
This conference was held jointly with the  Higher Education Authority (HEA) as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between QQI and the HEA. The theme was ‘Internationalisation - a driver of quality in Irish Higher Education’
More information about this event can be found here.

Self-Evaluation and Governance, 2017
The first enhancement conference for the independent/private further education and training sector was held on 19 September 2017. The theme was ‘Self-Evaluation and Governance – exploring the benefits of self-evaluation, including reflective analysis and considering the requirements of governance’. More information about this event can be found here.

Growing your vision for Higher Education, 2016
The 2016 higher education quality enhancement conference was held on 15 December.  This was the second in our series on sharing smart approaches between institutions. National and international speakers presented their experiences, leadership and institutional perspectives on the theme ‘Using Data for Enhancement Purpose’.  More information about this event can be found here.

Pursuing Excellence in English Language Education, 2016
The inaugural QQI English Language Education Seminar took place on 29 November 2016 at Croke Park.  The event was designed to focus on fostering and supporting improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practice and explore the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) as a core component in striving to achieve this.  Click here to find out more about this event.

Self-Evaluation and Reflective Practice Seminar, 2016
QQI, in association with ETBI, hosted an enhancement seminar for the Education and Traning Boards in April 2016.  For more information about the Self-Evaluation and Reflective Practice Seminar, please click here.


National Student Engagement Programme
The National Student Engagement Programme is a collaborative initiative under development by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). It was launched as a pilot in April 2016. Five higher education institutions are involved in the pilot phase.  For more information, please click here.