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Academic Audit

AQA provides external academic quality assurance for all New Zealand universities via a five-yearly cycle of audits. Key principles underpinning AQA academic audits are: peer review, evidence-based, externally benchmarked, and enhancement-led. Learn more about our current cycle of academic audits here.

AQA Support for Quality Conference 2014

On Wednesday 10 September the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities hosted its second Support for Quality Conference. The conference, with a theme of "Challenges and Innovations in Internal Quality Assurance", was held in Wellington at the Royal Society of New Zealand. Approximately 50 attendees from across New Zealand and the Pacific met to share and discuss common challenges and recent innovations in areas such as self-assessment, student engagement, graduate outcomes, and programme approval and review. The group was also privileged to hear from Dr Sara Booth from the University of Tasmania, a recognised leader in the area of benchmarking in Australia. Dr Booth presented a keynote on "Benchmarking for Quality" and led a workshop on peer review benchmarking.

At the afternoon tea break, the group took the opportunity to acknowledge 20 years since AQA (formerly, the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit) commenced operations. Further photos and proceedings from the day will be made available shortly. (Photos by Jesse Loe. Cake by Cake Day).


13 June 2014: Our June 2014 newsletter is available now. The AQA newsletter is produced four times each year - in March, June, September and December. You can subscribe to our email distribution list. To unsubscribe at any time, click here.

31 March 2014: The report of the 2013 Cycle 5 academic audit of Massey University has been released. You can find copies of this report and previous AQA audit reports in the reports and papers section of our website. You can read more about Cycle 5 academic audits - here.

About our name

Previously the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit, from 1 January 2013 we are now the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA), Te Pokapū Kounga Mātauranga mō ngā Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa. Find out more about our name, our history and our purpose here.