We operate a number of committees, each with responsibility for different areas of our work.

Access Recognition and Licensing Committee (ARLC)


The ARLC is responsible for the operation and development of the Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education. Members include further and higher education representatives. This committee meets three times per year and is chaired by a member of our Board.




Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP)


This committee considers applications for degree awarding powers (DAP) and/or university title (UT). It also oversees the criteria and scrutiny processes used to assess applications. ACDAP is made up of both Board and external members and meets quarterly.




Audit and Risk Committee


The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for internal controls and risk management systems, internal and external audits, and financial reporting. This committee is made up of both Board and external members and meets three times per year. Board members who serve on this committee are Mr Craig Watkins, Professor Joy Carter, Professor Andrew Wathey, Sara Drake and Ms Linda Duncan.




Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) 


The NRC advises the Board on the appointment, terms and conditions, and remuneration of our Senior Management Team. Using our Articles of Association, the committee makes sure that the Board collectively has the skills, knowledge, expertise and diversity to fulfil all its duties. This small committee is made up of Board members and meets twice a year. Board members who serve on this committee are Mr Christopher Banks, Professor Joy Carter, Mr Oliver Johnson, Stephen Criddle and Professor Philip Winn.




QAA Scotland Strategic Advisory Committee 


This committee provides information about the legislative, regulatory, funding and policy environment for Scottish higher education. The committee is made up of a Board member from Scotland, our Director of Nations and International, and external Scottish representatives. They meet at least twice a year.




QAA Wales Strategic Advisory Committee 


This committee provides information about the legislative, regulatory, funding and policy environment for Welsh higher education. The committee is made up of a Board member from Wales, our Director of Nations and International, and external Welsh representatives. They meet at least twice a year.




Student Strategic Advisory Committee (SSAC)


This committee facilitates discussions between students and QAA on developments in the higher education sector. Our Chief Executive and other members of our Board attend SSAC meetings. They meet three times a year.




Honorary Treasurer


In June 2017 our Board appointed its first Honorary Treasurer. The Treasurer makes sure that our financial functions are carried out with due diligence. They work with our Director of Resources to provide regular reports to the Board on the financial health of QAA.