This final chapter summarizes what has happened to date and speculates on how the current quality arrangements may evolve.


As should by now be clear, the main reason for the changes to the various quality regimes since 1992 has been continuing disagreements between the key players – the Government, the Funding Council and the institutions through (mainly) their representative bodies – about the purposes, forms, coverage and ownership of quality assurance. The most important of these conflicts has concerned the best means of protecting the quality of student learning. In essence, the two views were as follows.