7th ENQA training of agency reviewers

The 7th ENQA Training of Agency Reviewers took place on 20-21 September 2012 in Mannheim, Germany. The training session was organised by ENQA and hosted by the Evaluation Agency Baden-Wuerttemberg (evalag).

The review evaluated the way in which and to what extent AEQES fulfils the criteria for the ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The duration of the evaluation was 13 months, from August 2010 to September 2011.

The experience on the use of the ENQA membership criteria in the external reviews of ENQA member agencies gained over the last years, and the parallel use of the European Standards and guidelines (ESG) as the criteria for EQAR listing, emphasise the importance of experts being well prepared for the agency reviews. Based on the lessons learned, feedback and materials from the already completed reviews, the training sessions aimed at providing experts with, among others, the necessary knowledge and guidance on the interpretation of the ENQA membership criteria/ESG. Reviewers who have attended such training sessions will be included in the ENQA pool of experts. The training is aimed both for experts who have already been involved in national or ENQA coordinated reviews, and for potential future reviewers.

The training is part of the ProENQA project and supported by the Lifelong learning Programme of the European Commission.

The training programme is available here.


Fiona Crozier, QAA, United Kingdom, ENQA Vice-President
Background to European Standards and Guidelines for QA in the EHEA

Helka Kekäläinen, FINHEEC, Finland, ENQA Vice-President
The Notion of Independence

Padraig Walsh, QQAI, FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB, Ireland, ENQA Board
The Notion of compliance: definitions and examples

Durdica Dragojevic, ASHE, Croatia
A review from an agency’s perspective

Peter Findlay, QAA, UK
The Role of the Review Chair
The Role of the Panel Secretary

This activity has been organised within the “ProENQA 2010-2012” project (510499-LLP-1-2010-1-FI-ERASMUS-EMHE ) with the financial support of the Lifelong Learning Programme/ Erasmus sub-programme. The consortium was formed of ENQA and eleven of its member agencies. The ENQA led ” ProENQA 2010-2012” project aimed at bringing together QA professionals from QA agencies in Europe, and other related stakeholders, in order to engage them in a fruitful and continuous dialogue on the current challenges and developments in higher education and its quality assurance. In addition, the project supported ENQA’s role at the European level, the creation of informed policies and furthering of a European dimension in quality assurance of higher education through participation in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and cooperation with the E4 Group.