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Approved education institution monitoring results

How the process works

Reviewing and monitoring

Quality assurance of approved programmes is carried out by Mott MacDonald in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Quality assurance includes approval, self assessment and review.


Approval includes initial approval and reapproval of all programmes of nursing and midwifery education that lead to registration with us. We also approve mentor and practice teacher programmes that do not lead to recordable qualifications.

To request approval of a programme, approved education institutions (AEIs) will need to demonstrate how the programme meets our standards. An approval team is selected with due regard for the particular programme. Members of the team may be drawn from education and practice settings.

AEIs should make timely requests for approval and reapproval. They should request approval only when they believe a programme is ready.

Self assessment and review

Through the review process we can be assured that AEIs meet our standards for their programmes. The review takes into account an AEI’s annual self assessment report and information from other sources. We will publish a schedule of planned review visits and every year it will include a sample of AEIs selected due to risk.

Review teams will consist of a managing reviewer, registrant reviewers and a lay member. Registrant (nurse or midwife) reviewers will have due regard for the programme and may come from education and practice settings.

More information about the annual monitoring results and AEIs monitoring reports can be found below.

Approved education institution review visits for 2017–2018

This year we announced the approved education institutions (AEIs) for selection six weeks in advance of the planned monitoring visit. Each AEI received a letter outlining the decision that led to their selection and the programmes that will be monitored. 14 AEIs were chosen to receive monitoring visits for 2017–2018 as part of our quality assurance framework for education.

The AEIs visited were:

  • Birmingham City University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University 
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • King's College London
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Chester
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hull
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Stirling
  • University of West of Scotland
  • University of York

Each AEI was selected as part of both a routine rolling monitoring and through a risk based selection process. The information on risk comes from different sources including self-reports by AEIs, reports by systems regulators and members of the public as well as existing QA information gathered by us. The monitoring visits enable us to be assured that each AEI meets our standards and that processes are in place to manage risk effectively.

Monitoring reports

Reports from 2012 onwards


Endorsement is the process of approving the delivery of a UK approved education institution’s programme outside the UK. This is currently limited by our Council’s decision to the offshore islands (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey). Endorsed programmes are monitored through their host AEI.


How we manage modifications to an AEI's programme depends on the extent of the changes. This is explained in detail in the Mott MacDonald QA handbook.

More information

Read more about the process in the QA handbook on the Mott MacDonald website.