About quality assurance

Last changed: 12 September 2023

The purpose of the systematic quality assurance is to ensure that SLU offers conditions that promote high quality in research and environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA).

Quality assurance is a recurring process based on the following steps:

  1. Analysis of how well the conditions for high quality are met
  2. Identification of needs for improvement and development measures
  3. Implementation of development measures
  4. Follow-up of development work

The quality assurance includes:

  • Internal situation analysis carried out by departments and faculties every four years
  • Every eight years an external review is also carried out, where the quality of research and EMA is evaluated (see Quality and impact, Q&I or ‘KoN’)
  • Annual quality dialogues where the work is followed up

Process timeline.

Conditions for high quality in research and EMA are defined in five quality areas. Situation analyses are made in relation to a standard (benchmark) for each quality area. 

The vice-chancellor carries the overall responsibility for the quality assurance process. SLU’s quality assurance process will be included in the institutional reviews conducted by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).