Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland

About us

The Quality Enhancement Framework is governed by the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education.

When the Quality Board was established, it was faced with the task of designing a model and processes that were appropriate for the small but very diverse higher education sector in Iceland with its own history and traditions, a variety of experience with quality assurance and enhancement, a variety of public and private institutions, a variety of missions, and all in a country with its own strong culture, legal and social framework. Therefore, the Board decided that the future system should be developed through extensive consultation and be able to be utilised and add value in this wide variety of contexts. Consulting and advice seeking have been key hallmarks of the Board’s style of operation ever since.

The Board is comprised of a Chair, a Vice-Chair and five members. It meets about four times a year and is responsible for designing and implementing the Quality Enhancement Framework and for developing associated policies and activities.

Board members are appointed for six years, with the exception of the student who is appointed for two years. Corporate governance is based on the Board Constitution and the Board Handbook

Quality Board

Andrée Sursock, Chair, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA).

Norman Sharp, Vice-Chair, former Director of QAA Scotland.

Barbara Brittingham, President of New England Commission on Higher Education.

Ellen Hazelkorn, Joint Managing Partner, BH Associates, Joint Editor, Policy Review in Higher Education.

Oisín Hassan, Former Board member of the European Student Union, representative of LÍS, the National Union of Icelandic Students.

Riitta Pyykkö, Former Vice Rector, University of Turku.

Philip Winn, Research Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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