Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Provision is an all-encompassing term that refers to the learning opportunities, research and community activity offered/undertaken by an institution of higher education.

explanatory context

Provision, in specific contexts, may imply a subset of the all-encompassing meaning. For example, programme provision would imply the range of curricula, modes of study, teaching methods and learning support infrastructure.

analytical review

The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (2011) states:

Provision: In the context of higher education, making courses available to students and supplying them with learning opportunities accordingly.

associated issues


related areas

See also



Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), undated, Glossary, available at, accessed 8 January 2017, not available 20 June 2019.

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