On behalf of HEFCW, we undertake Gateway Quality Reviews of higher education providers in Wales to test their HE provision against the baseline quality regulatory requirements. We also re-test the quality aspects of the baseline regulatory requirements at the end of a  four-year period, when engaged by the provider to do so.


The overall aim of Gateway Quality Review is to provide HEFCW with an expert judgement about the quality assurance of a provider's HE provision.


The Gateway Quality Review is designed to:

  • ensure that the student interest is protected
  • provide expert advice to ensure that the reputation of the UK higher education system is protected, including the protection of academic standards
  • identify areas for development and/or specified improvements that will help a provider to meet the baseline regulatory requirements.

More information on how HEFCW will use the outcomes of GQRW can be found on HEFCW's website.


Handbook and guidance


Gateway Quality Review Wales Handbook

Publication Date: 27 Jul 2018

This handbook details the Gateway Quality Review methodology for providers undergoing review from 2018-19.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 760 KB

If you decide to undergo GQRW, please email HEFCW at regulationadvice@hefcw.ac.uk (English) or cyngorrheoleiddio@hefcw.ac.uk (Welsh).


You will also need to inform QAA of your decision to commission a GQRW. Please email QAA at gatewaywales@reviewextranet.qaa.ac.uk (English and Welsh).