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Quality OfficeThe Quality Office administers key quality assurance activities within the University. 

Quality assurance (QA) is carried out in compliance with three external standards that have arisen from European and National government statutes and in particular the Universities Act 1997 and Qualifications and Quality Assurance Act 2012. The three standards are:

In addition, QA activities are guided by a number of external reports and guidelines published by QQI (formerly IUQB), IHEQN and HEA.   Internal Quality and QA activities are also guided by the University’s Vision 2020 strategic plan that outlines specific goals for quality and performance enhancement and also by the HEA’s Mission-Based Performance Compact 2014-2017.

NUI Galway implements external quality standards and guidelines through a comprehensive suite of internal Policies and Procedures (P&P’s) in addition an extensive number of internal University statutes that define the role, duties and responsibilities of various organisational units and committees and that extend to the responsibilities of individual staff.

Quality Assurance at NUI Galway

All University staff, researchers and students are responsible for working together as a community of scholars in assuring and enhancing the quality of research, teaching and associated services.

Quality assurance is guided by key external standards and guidelines arising from European and National government statutes and in particular the EU Bologna Process, the Universities Act 1997 and Qualifications and Quality Assurance Act 2012. The key external guidelines are:

Internal QA activities are also guided by the University’s Vision 2020 strategic plan that outlines specific goals for quality and performance enhancement and that includes performance compacts and higher education landscape initiatives by the Higher Education Authority. QA activities are also guided by many other processes including the national Student Survey, the External Examination process, internal student feedback, student representation and various excellence awards.

NUI Galway uses external guidelines to develop a comprehensive suite of internal Policies and Procedures (P&P’s) and University statutes that define all key proceses including quality monitoring and the duties and responsibilities of various organisational units and committees. The impact of QA is measured primarily through key performance metrics and enhancements.