Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities

AQA provides external academic quality assurance for all New Zealand universities via a regular cycle of audits (every 7-8 years in Cycle 6). Key principles underpinning AQA academic audits are: peer review, evidence-based, externally benchmarked, and enhancement-led.  

Information on Cycle 6 Academic Audit for New Zealand Universities is available here, and further information on the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme is available here.



The Board of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) is seeking two lay members of the Board with expertise in quality assurance for a three-year term beginning 1 January 2019. The retiring members of the Board have served two consecutive terms and are not eligible for re-appointment. 

Persons who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board are invited to email a curriculum vitae with names of up to three referees to the Chair of the AQA Board c/o Further information about the position can be found here, while further information about AQA can be found on the website or by emailing  

Applications close 28 August 2018



AQA Newsletter - June 2018

AQA's latest newsletter is available here.
Previous editions of our quarterly newsletter can be found here.


AQA Review of Cycle 5 - June 2018

The second review paper on Cycle 5 "An Analysis of Commendations, Affirmations and Recommendations" is available here

Save the Date

The following AQA events will be happening later this year. Further details will be available soon:

3 October 2018 in Wellington
Quality Meeting

4 October 2018 in Wellington
Student Voice Summit, in partnership with NZUSA

5 October 2018 in Wellington
Students and internal programme review processes, in conjunction with CUAP

31 October 2018 in Wellington
Enhancement Theme Symposium: Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students.