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Douglas Blackstock

Douglas Blackstock

Chief Executive,
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Douglas Blackstock has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015.  His work includes leading QAA’s contribution to the current changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape in England and across the UK, and the Agency’s role in developing the Teaching Excellence Framework alongside other sector partners. Douglas joined QAA in 2002 as Director of Administration, and has subsequently held the roles of Director of Resources and Chief Operating Officer and was QAA’s Company Secretary from 2002 to 2016. He led QAA's work on student engagement for a number of years, and was a member of the NUS & UUK-led Student Charter Group and the subsequent Framework for Partnership Group.  He is a Board member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and chaired the ENQA Staff Development Group.  He is a graduate in Public Administration from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University.  

  • Analysing how higher education leaders can ensure they match the standards of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education
  • Assessing the latest steps being taken to protect the value of UK degrees and ensure consistency and reliability in degree classifications
  • Exploring the work of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment in supporting consistent co-regulation across the UK
  • Examining the latest QAA updates in the review of quality and standards on decisions for degree awarding powers