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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects


A research project of the School of Education.


Identifying barriers in promoting European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance at institutional level.

Assuring the quality of teaching and learning activities is the quintessential task that higher education institutions must face in an increasingly competitive national and international environment. Adoption by European countries of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) has added new momentum to research in the quality assurance policy domain. 

So far, the corresponding research has centred on the national level (quality assurance agencies), not the institutional level, and has lacked the outreach to secondary education as well as to the theoretical base. The IBAR project is funded by the European Commission under the EACEA programme and aims to fill this gap in theoretical and empirical knowledge and to identify barriers to the ESG Part 1 implementation. It will draw on its findings to make any recommendations for modification of the ESG Part 1. The research is being undertaken from a sample of 28 higher education institutions in 7 European countries – Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia.
Further information about the project is available from:


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Ibar - Identifying Barriers In Promoting The European Standards And Guidelines For Quality Assurance At Institutional Level And Making Recommendations As To How These Might Be Addressed (£97416.18 from European Commission)


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