EQUIS 2024 Updates

By 25th June 2024Resource

EQUIS 2024 Updates


EFMD revises the documentation supporting EQUIS periodically.  QED’s overview of the updates made as part of the 2024 publication, together with an assessment of the significance of the change can be found in this downloadable PDF file. 

As usual, clarification and guidance points have been updated within the EQUIS Standards and Criteria.  Two areas of the standards should be particularly noted: 

  • Standard 5 (Research) has been completely re-written.   
  • It now focuses very specifically on two research categories (academic publications and practice-oriented publications).  Pedagogical scholarship is no longer a category within Standard 5, but is included as one of the (practice-oriented) fields of researchand is also linked directly into Standard 2 (see below).   
  • The Assessment Criteria have been rewritten (though many of the principles behind the criteria remain as before) 
  • There is a greater focus on more ‘holistic means of research evalution’ and this also translates into changes in the Data Sheet. 
  • Standard 2 Assessment Criteria now includes a section on ‘pedagogic development and innovation’.  In addition, there are additional questions linked to the impact of degree programmes on their relevant constituencies.  

The Process Manual and related Annexes have also been reviewed. Duplication has been minimised and detailed guidance has been moved to the Annexes where relevant.  A cross map of this is provided in Appendix 2 and Appendix 3 below.  Key areas of significance to note include: 

  • The Datasheet has been updated.   
  • Tables have been renumbered – which may impact schools preparing their SAR (e.g. cross references to tables within the Datasheet. 
  • Some additional information is required to support evidence of practice-oriented research activities (Table 12a to 12d) 
  • Additional guidance has been provided in several of the annexes (e.g. Annex 7 EQUIS Advisory Guide; Annex 10: Peer Review Visit Guide). 

 As above, QED’s summary of the updates across the key documents is available in this downloadable PDF file. 

 For advice and further details on any of the above, please contact the QED Accreditation Team at info@QEDaccreditation.com.