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Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities

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.

Obituary: Mr John Jennings

It is with much sadness that AQA marks the recent passing of its former Director, Mr John Jennings, on 3 October 2015 in Christchurch. John was the second Director of AQA (then the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit) from 2002 until his retirement in early 2010. Previously he had been the Quality Assurance Facilitator, the Dean of Arts, and Head of the School of Music at the University of Canterbury. Read more...

Recent reports: 2014 academic audit of the University of Canterbury

The report of the 2014 Academic Audit of the University of Canterbury was released on 24 March 2015. The Canterbury academic audit was the fourth to be conducted of a New Zealand university using the Cycle 5 methodology. Cycle 5 audits cover all aspects of an institution which are related to teaching, learning and student support. The audit panel made a total of six commendations, five affirmations and fourteen recommendations. The full report and executive summary can be found here.


New Executive Director for AQA

18 November 2015: The Board of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Sheelagh Matear as the new Executive Director of AQA. Professor Matear will commence her new role on 29 February 2016 following the retirement of Dr Jan Cameron after six years as the AQA Director. Read more....

External Review Report

20 October 2015: The report of the 2015 External Review of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) has been released and is now available - click here. AQA will be responding to the report's recommendations and this response will also be published on the AQA website in due course. You can find the report of the previous (2009) external review in the Reports and Papers section of this website.

Latest Newsletter

25 September 2015: Our September 2015 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.