The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) undertakes a programme of periodic (approximately six-yearly) audits of all universities in England. QAA describes this as an evidence-based process carried out through peer review. A team of auditors, trained by the QAA, review documentary evidence provided by the University and visit in person to hold meetings with staff and students. Following the audit visit, a judgment of 'confidence', 'limited confidence' or 'no confidence' is made and a report compiled and published by the QAA.
The most recent Institutional Audit visit took place in Hilary Term 2009. The audit report is available from the QAA website. Work in response to the audit report is continuing.
Full details of the Institutional Audit process may be found in the QAA Handbook for Institutional Audit.