EQ-Arts is pleased to announce the publication of our first EQ-Arts Thematic Analysis 2017-2020. This forms part of our mission to promote a strong quality culture across the European higher arts education sector. The Thematic Analysis will provide a basis from which we will launch a series of reports on specific topics (identified within the findings of the report) that we will seek to publish over the next three years. Through these reports we will share our knowledge widely across the public domain and identify and highlight developments, trends and areas of good practice – or, indeed, persistent difficulty – in order to inform work across the sector. Together, they will build on EQ-Arts’ substantial experience of Quality Assurance and Enhancement across the European higher education sector for the creative and performing arts and design (CPAD).

EQ-Arts continues to work closely with colleagues, institutions and relevant agencies to enhance the quality of learning and teaching for a next generation of citizens and practitioners — only through this next generation will our collective futures be secured. We also aim to advance public understanding of, and confidence in, the creative arts sector as a vital force in the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of our communities.

We hope this Thematic Analysis contributes positively to the collective future of the CPAD sector.

EQ-Arts is pleased to announce its associate partnership in FILMEU:  the European University for Film and Media Arts. FILMEU is one of the 24 new European Universities alliances that have been selected in the Erasmus+ programme.

In the 3-year project, EQ-Arts will work on the development of the FILMEU quality assurance framework, by designing and testing an accreditation system for FILMEU that complies with the ESG while adhering to the principles and objectives of the University.

EQ-Arts is proud to be partner in the EU funded project, called CALOHEx, which aims to find the answers to these questions by developing the infrastructure that will eventually make it possible to test bachelor and master students’ performance Europe-wide across a range of fields in a way that satisfies the needs of the various stakeholders in the European higher education community.

The project will cover five subject areas, representing five significant academic fields / subject areas (academic domains):
• Business Administration (Social Sciences)
• Information Engineering/ICT (Natural Sciences)
• International Relations (Humanities/Social Sciences)
• Medicine (Health Care)
• Performing and Fine Arts (Humanities/Arts).

EQ-Arts coordinates the subject area of the Performing and Fine Arts, together with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

The project is funded from the ERASMUS+ Key Action 3: Forward Looking Programmes.

In its last Board meeting of 15 and 16 May 2020, EQ-Arts felt very honored to inaugurate the following two new Student Board Members:

Albert Gili Moreno: Fine Art and Political Science and Administration student - University of Barcelona - Spain




Matthew Kitching: PhD candidate in Research, Evaluation and Enhancement - Lancaster University - United Kingdom

EQ-Arts is very proud that its Board Member Lucien Bollaert published the 2nd edition of his successful Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The 2nd edition is not only an update but also an enlarged edition. The author starts again with the fundamental questions “What is quality?”, “What is QA?” and indeed “What is HE in this globalized society?” All chapters have been updated with new approaches and research, this time also from outside Europe based on his own experiences and lecturing in the USA and elsewhere.

You can order it at EURASHE, through this link.

In its last Board meeting of 3 and 4 November 2019, EQ-Arts felt very honored to inaugurate the following four new Board Members:

Professor Bruce Brown (Visiting Professor the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. Editor, Design Issues Research Journal).

Professor Dr. Milena Dragićević Šešić (Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade; Head of UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)

Professor Kirsten Langkilde (Rector, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Professor Pierluigi Sacco (Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan; Senior Researcher and visiting scholar at Harvard University)

Also, three founding members returned to a position on the Board:

Paula Crabtree (Vice-Chancellor, Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden)

Professor Anthony Dean (Emeritus Professor, University of Winchester, UK)

Maren Schmohl (Vice Rector, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany)


At the recent training in Lisbon, hosted by the Politecnico de Lisboa, a group of 14 international participants were trained to become an EQ-Arts reviewer. The participants came from Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France and Sweden.