Effective Practice in UK Transnational Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Brian Green, Diane Glautier, Frank Haddleton, Margaret King, Alen MacKinlay , Maureen McLaughlin, Eduardo Ramos , Cathy Shaw

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QAA has produced Thematic guidance on academic standards and supporting student success, the principles of which apply irrespective of how or where provision is delivered. Nonetheless, transnational education (TNE) accounts for a substantial proportion of the UK higher education sector and there are some distinctive elements of that offer which this paper seeks to highlight. For example, it is recognised that the pandemic has affected countries around the world at different times and governments have responded in different ways. Requirements relating to social distancing measures differ throughout the world and therefore the kind of mitigating measures TNE providers have needed to introduce are not universal between countries or over time.

While rapid changes in approaches have required considerable agility from providers, the sector has remained committed to maintaining quality and standards and, in many cases, has been able to draw on considerable expertise in many different approaches to the delivery of learning and TNE to support students and staff. This paper, which has been developed in collaboration with colleagues from UK institutions, offers a selection of effective practice examples - these are relevant for the medium and longer term during which time some restrictions may continue to be placed on physical attendance and international travel, and a variety of virtual delivery models will continue to be developed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020


  • transnational education
  • covid-19
  • effective practice
  • higher education sector


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