Almost as soon as the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 was on the Statute Book, concerns were being raised by the sector about the new quality arrangements. In December 1992 the Times Higher Education Supplement declared that ‘quality assurance arrangements are going wrong’ (THES, 11 December 1992). The Higher began what it called the ‘quality debate’. In January 1993 it published the results of a survey of vice-chancellors in which 82 per cent of respondees condemned the new arrangements as ‘too bureaucratic’ (THES, 1993).