Through its activities* EQ-Arts supports higher arts education institutions in the self-evaluation and enhancement of their internal quality systems to promote a strong quality culture across the higher arts education sector.
* (projects, training programmes, workshops, external peer reviews and accreditation procedures)
EQ-Arts is an independent subject-specific external accreditation and review body with a focus on enhancement-led quality assurance for higher arts education across the Europe Higher Education Area (EHEA) and beyond.
EQ-Arts fully embraces the four principles that underpin the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) in the EHEA. These can be summarised as being:
Professor John Butler (Head of School of Art, Birmingham City University, UK)
Robert Baker (Independent QA&E consultant, Ireland/France)
Paula Crabtree (Rector, Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden)
Professor Anthony Dean (Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester, UK)
Lars Ebert (ELIA Senior Advisor, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Maren Schmohl (Vice Rector, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany)
a critically supportive approach towards Quality Assurance and Enhancement for the Higher Arts Education sector, offering rigorous institutional and/or subject peer review undertaken by an international panel of EQ-Arts trained and experienced QA reviewers, that:
EQ-Arts also offers workshops, which focus on:
17-19 April 2016
EQ-Arts Expert Training
19-20 April 2016
EQ-Arts Board Meeting
30 November-3 December 2016
Thematic Session at ELIA's Biennial Conference
20-21 November 2015
EQ-Arts Board Meeting
19-21 November 2015
10th EQAF Forum
18-19 November 2015
Final Conference PHExcel
15 November 2014
Workshop: Recent Developments in Quality Assurance and Enhancement
Facilitators: Lars Ebert, John Butler, Tony Dean, Paula Crabtree and registered participants
22-25 October 2014
Anadolu University Turkey
Preparation peer review visit 2015
7-9 November 2013
EQ-arts Experts Training 2013
EQ-Arts is pleased to inform you that the application for a Strategic Partnership within the European Commissions Erasmus+ KA2 Programme, has been submitted on 30 March. Six partners, together with EQ-Arts, agreed to be part of the SEQuAL-project.
EQ-Arts is hoping to receive a positive reaction from the Swedish Agency and is looking forward to working with: Stockholm University of Arts (applicant), Merz Akademie Stuttgart, University of the Arts in Belgrade, University of Winchester, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon/Franche-Comté.
The three-year SEQuAL project aims at establishing a clear understanding of definitions and approaches to QA within the field of Higher Arts Education, in order to develop a framework for subject-specific standards for QA and a robust methodology for transnational QA reviews.
After having ended the first PHExcel project succesfully in December 2015, a second PHExcel application has been submitted within the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme by EURASHE. EQ-Arts has committed itself to be partner in this two-year project.
The main aim of the PHExcel project is to enhance excellence in higher education by providing support to institutions striving for excellence through the PHExcel methodology.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Implement an open supportive method to enhance excellence: the PHExcel methodology,
- Train coaches able to support institutions in their strive for excellence,
- Mainstream excellent practices in supporting institutions,
- Extend current external quality assurance procedures to support the development of excellence.
Other parters are: EURASHE (applicant), ENQA, MusiQuE, SPACE, The University of Nottingham and the University of Nicosia.
EQ-Arts offers a distinctive approach towards Quality Assurance and Enhancement, using a methodology specifically tailored for Higher Arts Education Institutions and which embraces all arts disciplines. We offer a sound evaluation process that draws upon a European qualifications framework, respects the individual vision and national context of institutions while maintaining a clear focus on the student experience. We are a community of trained and highly experienced QA experts who have tested our methodology of institutional review through conducting institutional and subject reviews across Europe over the past six years.
Contact EQ-Arts General Manager Sally Mometti
0031 6 270 646 71
EQ-Arts offers higher arts education institutions preparing for European Quality measures, comprehensive guidance about how to establish a ‘quality’ culture:
A tested, sound and developed process appropriate for all the disciplines of higher arts education that is the product of eight years experience and uses highly qualified and experienced peers;
Employs four basic questions:
1. What is the institution/subject trying to achieve?
2. How is the institution/subject trying to achieve it?
3. How does the institution/subject know it works?
4. How does the institution/subject go about making changes and improvements?
A flexible Review Process that normally involves an Expert team of four Reviewers and a Rapporter visiting the institution for two and half working days for each visit. Both the Preliminary and Main visits are based on a similar pattern but focus on two different levels of concern.
Experts meet various groups relevant to the aims of each visit invited from:
The EQ-Arts panel of experts will produce a comprehensive Review Report fully owned by the institution that explains the thoroughness of the process employed by EQ-Arts in collaboration with the institution.
The Report will highlight good practice and areas for further development and contain appropriate recommendations related to-
The Institution owns the final Review Report and can use it to support the institution’s relationships with:
As a result of engaging in the EQ-Arts two visit Review process institutions and staff will find that they have an improved confidence and understanding of;
Institutions can request an EQ-Arts follow up evaluation visit to assess progress and provide further advice following a reasonable time span. This visit will use the Final report of the EQ-Arts two visit Review process outlined above as a starting point.
EQ-Arts provides practical training workshops designed to develop the range of competencies required by those wishing to engage in international external quality assurance processes.
The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) for External Quality Assurance specify that such processes should be carried out by peer-review experts that:
- possess the appropriate range of skills and competencies to perform their task;
- have undertaken appropriate training and/or briefing.
The key aims of the training workshops provided by EQ-Arts are specifically designed to enable participants to adapt a range of skills to form a competence to work as an international peer-review expert in the field of external QA (in line with the ESG guidelines).
The training workshops are designed to:
The format of the training workshop is designed so as to replicate the required preparation, teamwork, intensity of workload and complexity of task associated with international quality assurance processes. From the beginning of the workshop through to the end, participants will be actively engaged in a simulation exercise that mirrors how they would be expected to perform in an external international QA visit.
The next Expert Training will take place from 9-11 April 2017 at the AMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.