New Report by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) produced by Leon Cremonini

Following the publication of the QQI Review of Reviews Report, Leon was requested by QQI to carry out an analysis of key findings of the institutional review reports from 2008 to 2012 of the legacy agencies: the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). 


The primary objective of this analysis was to examine in detail the findings of legacy reviews and highlight, for Irish higher education institutions and other stakeholders, the key themes that cross all reviews of higher education institutions. Many of these findings accord with the current Irish system reform agenda, giving added significance and relevance. Additional objectives were to identify the more salient themes that are relevant to a number of Irish institutions within particular sectors and to investigate patterns of findings over time.


The intended audiences for this report are individual institutions, related stakeholders, national stakeholders and QQI itself in setting an agenda for the enhancement of quality assurance in higher education. These findings will be of interest as overarching system-level benchmarks for institutions and as a reminder for individual institutions of priority areas, of which they will already have been apprised through consideration of their own individual review findings. They will also be of interest to all stakeholders concerned with higher education and the regulatory framework within which it operates, in so far as they highlight good practice and areas requiring improvement across the higher education system as a whole.